Ashutosh Garg, an MBA, brings over 40 years of experience from the corporate sector and as an entrepreneur. After a very successful corporate career at ITC, Lockheed Martin and Hughes, running satellite systems in Asia, Ashutosh founded Guardian Pharmacy, which grew to become the second largest pharmacy chain in India. He successfully exited from the business in 2016.
Ashutosh founded Guardian Pharmacy in India in 2003 and grew it to the second largest pharmacy chain in India. He also brought in GNC as a partner to India. Ashutosh exited from the company he founded in August 2016 and continues on the Board with a reduced stake.
Ashutosh served as a director of GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance, headquartered in Geneva, for 8 years. He is the Chairman of “Bizdome”, a Startup Incubator of the Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak. He has also served on the Advisory Council of the Centre for Policy Research and continues to serve on the boards of several companies.
In January 1995, he was recognized as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Switzerland. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is the current Chairman for YPO Gold, South Asia. He is also a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).
He has written 5 highly acclaimed best sellers titled
- “The Buck Stops Here – my journey from Manager to Entrepreneur”
- “The Corner Office”
- “Reinvent Reboot Rewire. Managing Retirement in the 21st Century”
- “The Buck Stops Here – Learnings of a Startup Entrepreneur”
- “An Eye for an Eye”.
- His sixth book titled “A Brand called You” is under publication.
He writes regularly for various online publications like Times of India, Business Insider, Inc., Entrepreneur, The Quint and Big Decisions and has a very significant presence on social media. He can be seen frequently on CNN News18 as a panelist commenting on various political affairs, current affairs and other subjects.
His wife Vera is a Historian and teaches at the American Embassy School, New Delhi. His older son, Varun works for American Express in Singapore as their Director Marketing and his younger son Ashwin works for Proctor and Gamble in Toronto as their Senior Brand Manager.
An avid golfer, he plays the Indian flute and enjoys reading and listening to Indian classical and vocal music.