Gautam Thapar (born in 1960) is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the family-owned Avantha Group. With over 20000 employees, the Avantha Group actively engages in diverse business areas, including pulp and paper, power transmission, information technology and food processing. He was responsible for the groups strategic turnaround and restructuring programme, ensuring that the group attained dominant status in key operating sectors.
Gautam Thapar is President of the Thapar University and Chairman of the Aspen Institute India, which aims to internationalise Indias business, political and cultural leadership. He was educated at the Doon School and studied chemical engineering at the Pratt University, New York.