Canadian Corporate Innovation Summit

Vijay Govindarajan (VG)

Vijay Govindarajan (VG)

Thought Leader on Strategy and Innovation

New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author

Vijay Govindarajan (VG) is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. Dr. Govindarajan is the Coxe Distinguished Professor at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business and the Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School. He was the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric (GE) and worked with GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt to write “How GE is Disrupting Itself”, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) article that pioneered the concept of reverse innovation.

Dr. Govindarajan has been identified as a leading management thinker by many influential publications and organizations, and is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in research. He was inducted into the Academy of Management Journals’ Hall of Fame, and ranked by Management International Review as one of the Top 20 North American Superstars for research in strategy. He is a two-time winner of the prestigious McKinsey Award for the best article published in HBR. He published the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller, Reverse Innovation.

VG has worked with CEOs and top management teams in more than 25% of the Fortune 500 firms to discuss, challenge and escalate their thinking about strategy. His clients include: Boeing, Coca- Cola, Colgate, Deere, FedEx, GE, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, J.P. Morgan Chase, J&J, New York Times, P&G, Sony and Wal-Mart. He has been a keynote speaker at the BusinessWeek CEO Forum, HSM World Business Forum, TED and World Economic Forum at Davos. He serves on the board of NHPR.

VG received his doctorate from the Harvard Business School and was awarded the Robert Bowne Prize for the best thesis proposal. He also received his MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School where he was included in the Dean’s Honor List. Prior to this, VG received his Chartered Accountancy degree in India where he was awarded the President’s Gold Medal for obtaining the first rank nationwide.