Adi Godrej

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Adi Godrej
Current Job: Chairman, Godrej Group of Companies
MBA, MIT Sloan
Bachelors in Management, MIT Sloan
Raised in Mumbai

Adi Godrej, who is one of the icons of Indian Industry, is the present chairman of Godrej Group of companies. His father?s name was Burjorji Godrej and his mother?s name was Jai Godrej. More than a century age, the Godrej?s were into manufacturing locks and vegetable-based soaps. The Godrej products were among the first indigenously manufactured products to displace entrenched foreign brands. Being born in a business family, Adi Godrej is an Indian businessman and a billionaire. He left India at the age of 17 to enroll at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Management from the Sloan School in 1963 though he planned to study mechanical engineering; he later on switched to management. Adi was a member of Pi Lambda Phi and lived there his freshman year. After his return to India, Adi Godrej joined the family business. He modernized and systematized management structures and implemented process improvements. Adi Godrej took the Godrej Group to great height during controlled economy era. After the liberalization process, Adi Godrej restructured company’s policies to meet the challenges of globalization. In the early 2000s, the Group completed a 10-year restructuring process through which each business became a stand-alone company with a CEO/COO from outside the Godrej family. Under Adi Godrej’s leadership, the group is also involved in philanthropic activities. Godrej is a supporter of the World Wildlife Fund in India; it has developed a green business campus in the Vikhroli township of Mumbai, which includes a 150-acre (0.61 km2) mangrove forest and a school for the children of company employees

More:

http://www.godrej.com/GodrejNew/GodrejHome/News/launch/CNBC_Interview.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw8x1v1Tp3Q&feature=channel_page

http://www.moneycontrol.com/india/messageboardblog/message_thread/2277837/3300078

http://www.pranaygupte.com/article.php?index=54

http://www.managementparadise.com/forums/personal-interviews-pi/539-adi-godrej-chairman-godrej-group.html

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