Leading Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
The chairman of the Godrej group, Adi Godrej, is one of the august names in the arena of world business leaders. He is the leader of one of India’s leading conglomerates whose portfolio includes Godrej Industries, Godrej consumer products, Godrej properties as well as international companies such as Keyline brands UK and Rapidol South Africa. His great work has led him to become the chairman of Board of Trustees of the Dadabhai Naoroji Memorial Prize Fund.
Godrej received his undergraduate degree from HL College and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. After returning to India, he joined his family business. He modernised and systematised management structures and implemented process improvements. He led the group to great heights during the days of the License Raj. He heads the group along with his brother Nadir Godrej, the managing director of Godrej Agrovet, and cousin Jamshyd Godrej, managing director and chairman of Godrej & Boyce.
Known for his impeccable skills of contouring long-term strategies and focus on value creation for all his organisations, he sets forth strategies like “Ten by Ten” envisioning the company to be 10 times the present size in the next 10 years. His far sight led to the Godrej group becoming the first company to introduce ‘Polyurethane Foam’ i.e. PUF in the markets which has revolutionised the upholstery industry today.
Under his leadership, the group is also involved in various philanthropic activities. Godrej is major supporter of World Wildlife Fund in India; it has developed a green business campus in the Vikhroli township of Mumbai, which includes a 150-acre mangrove forest and a school for the children of company employees. He is the chairman of the Indian School of Business since April 2011. He was also elected as the president of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2012-13. Another milestone achievement was the introduction of India’s first and only 100 per cent CFC, HCFC, HFC-free refrigerators.
Adi Godrej is an epitome of perseverance and is a global Indian icon who holds his life as an inspiration and an awakening for all those who strive to outdistance excellence.