Ramabadran Gopalakrishnan (known to his friends as Gopal) has over 48 years of experience in professional management with 31 years in Unilever and 17 years in TATA. He has served as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as Managing Director of Brooke Bond Lipton India, and as Vice Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited. After his Unilever career, he joined Tata Sons as a Director. He retired from TATA in December 2015 but remains as the senior advisor to Tata and keeps an office at their headquarters. He is also the Chairman of Tata AutoComp Systems, Rallis India and Advinus Therapeutics, Vice Chairman of Tata Chemicals, and a director of Tata Power and Tata Technologies. He also serves as an independent director on the boards of the Indian subsidiaries of Akzo Nobel and BP Castrol.
Ramabadran Gopalakrishnan is involved with education through his board memberships of a school and two management institutes. He is a past president of All India Management Association. He has delivered guest lectures in India and abroad. His articles have been published in management journals and financial newspapers.
In 2007, he authored his first book, The Case of the Bonsai Manager, published by Penguin India. In 2010, he published his second book called When The Penny Drops: Learning What Is Not Taught and in 2015 he published his third book, Six Lenses: Vignettes of Success, Career and Relationships.
As President of Mindworks, Gopal advises companies, mentors leaders, writes thought pieces and is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. He is a past president of the All India Management Association. He has delivered guest lectures in India and abroad. He has taught an unusual course titled ‘LWNT-Learning What’s Not Taught’ at B-schools. He has written about 200,000 words through papers and articles in newspapers and journals. He has authored best-selling books, some being been translated into Chinese, Hindi and Tamil.
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