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Biography of Ashutosh Garg

Ashutosh Garg, an MBA has worked in the corporate sector for 25 years. He worked for ITC Limited for 17 years, leaving in 1995 as Managing Director of one of the ITC group companies, based in Singapore. Thereafter he spent 8 years in the aerospace industry, four years each for Lockheed Martin and Hughes, running their satellite systems.


In April 2003, the entrepreneurial bug bit him and he started a chain of Health and Beauty Retail outlets under the name Guardian. Guardian is the master franchisee for GNC Live Well in India and is now the leading wellness retailer in India.


He has served on the board as a director of the GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance (, headquartered in Geneva, from 2006 to 2014.


A member of the Retail Strategy Council of India, he has also served on the Advisory Council of The Centre for Policy Research and continues to serve on the boards of several companies and educational institutions


In January 1995, he was recognised as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Switzerland. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization since 1994 and a Charter Member of TiE since 2007.


He has written the highly acclaimed book titled “The Buck Stops Here – Learnings of a #Startup Entrepreneur” which has also been released as an E book. The book now in its second edition is also being translated into Hindi. His second book "The Corner Office" was launched in August 2013 and was in the top 5 sellers. His next book “Reboot. Reinvent. Rewire. Managing Retirement in the 21st Century” launched in August 2015 received a lot of critical acclaim. His newest book, An Eye for an Eye, a work of fiction was released in Feb 2016.


He writes regularly for various publications and has written for Business India, The Economic Times and other newspapers as well as several internet news sites.


He also teaches and leads a 30 hour programme on “Entrepreneurship” for the 1st and 2nd year PGP at the Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak and mentors several young entrepreneurs.


His wife Vera is a Historian and teaches at the American Embassy School, New Delhi. His older son, Varun an MBA from the London Business School works for American Express in Singapore as Manager Business Development. His younger son Ashwin works for Procter and Gamble in Toronto as Brand Manager.


An avid golfer, he plays the Indian flute and enjoys reading and listening to Indian classical and vocal music.