Godrej has built a fast-growing consumer durable empire in India’s Consumer Product market. Going toe-to-toe with the big international brands is what the Indian industry icon Adi Godrej always dreamt of the Chairman of Godrej Group, Mr. Adi Godrej was born in a business family, which was completely into manufacturing locks and vegetable-based soaps for more than a century. The company was said to produce products which were amongst the first indigenously manufactured products to displace entrenched foreign brands.
He is today heading several entities that are a part of one of India’s leading conglomerates. These include Indian companies like Godrej Industries, Godrej Consumer Products and Godrej Properties, as well as international companies such as Godrej UK, Godrej South Africa and Godrej Argentina.
PIONEERING A DISCIPLINED BUSINESS
As a key person responsible for multiple firms including Godrej & Boyce, Godrej Agrovet, Godrej International and Godrej Global MidEast FZE, Mr. Adi Godrej plays a very integral part in shaping the long term strategy for these organizations and driving a focus on value creation.
Over the last five decades, Adi has played an important role in the development of a variety of industries. He is a Past President of the Confederation of Indian Industry and has led key organizations of trade and commerce as a former Chairman and President of the Indian Soap & Toiletries Makers’ Association, the Central Organization for Oil Industry and Trade, the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India, the Compound Livestock Feeds Manufacturers’ Association and the Indo-American Society.
With an active participation in the field of management education, Mr. Adi Godrej is the Chairman of the Board of the Indian School of Business. He has also been a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the MIT Sloan School of Management, a member of the Wharton Asian Executive Board and a former Chairman of the Governing Council of the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.
Mr. Adi Godrej is a recipient of several awards and recognitions, including the Rajiv Gandhi Award (2002), the American India Foundation Leadership in Philanthropy Award (2010), the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards Entrepreneur of the Year (2010), the AIMA-JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award (2010), the BMA-Management Man of the Year Award (2010-2011) and the Asian Awards Entrepreneur of the Year (2013).
Adi holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is married, has three children and four grandchildren and lives in Mumbai, India.
Adi’s consumer goods corporation has multiple offices and production units positioned in more than fifty countries all over the world. Adi also has plans for development of his family’s private asset “Godrej estate”.Under the proficient leadership of Adi, the consumer goods conglomerate is associated with philanthropic activities including core support of the “World Wildlife Fund”, and development of a “Green business campus” featuring 150 acre mangrove forest and a children school in Vikhroli Township in Mumbai.
“WITH AN ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE FIELD OF MANAGEMENT EDUCATION, MR. ADI GODREJ IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE INDIAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS”