Uncommon Leadership: Author Ruchira Chaudhary Talks to Penguin India CEO, Gaurav Shrinagesh – Gurgaon, May 26 | CEO Book Club

Author Ruchira Chaudhary says in the preface of the books that when she returned to work after a mid-career MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, ‘…my association with a certain large corporation also gave me clarity on the kind of organization I never wanted to work for again. It made me think hard about leaders who ostensibly move forward forward by stepping on others and holding them back.’

On 26 May, 7pm onwards, Ruchira will be in conversation with her publisher-CEO, Gaurav Shrinagesh, to elaborate on the above in the course of a discussion about her recent book, Coaching: The Secret Code to Uncommon Leadership. Brought to you by the Kunzum CEO Book Club.

Gaurav Shrinagesh, CEO – Penguin Random House India


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Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Location: 201, 2nd Floor, DLF Mega Mall (Popularly known as DT Mega Mall), Golf Course Road, Gurgaon 122022, Haryana (Google Maps sometimes takes you to our earlier location in Sector 47. Nah! Not there! The one where we are in right now is DLF Phase 1, Sector 28)

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Gaurav Shrinagesh is the CEO of Penguin Random House in India since the merger of Penguin Books and Random House in 2013. Since 2018 with the launch of Penguin Random House South East Asia, he is also leading the SEA region. Gaurav has been a part of Bertelsmann AG, the parent company, since 1999 and has donned several roles during this time. He has worked in M&A in Germany, launched digital businesses in NYC, headed the business development function and overall operations for member get member and member generation for Bertelsmann in China and was also Managing Director for Random House in India prior to the merger.

Gaurav received his MBA from the Melbourne Business School and has a bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics from St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai. He is an alumnus of The Lawrence School Sanawar. He is married with two children, a frequent traveller and is based in India.


An alumnus of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Ruchira straddles the corporate and academic worlds – she is a leading executive coach, adjunct faculty at several top tier business schools and runs a boutique consulting firm focused on organizational strategy solutions.

Ruchira Chaudhary has a diverse and eclectic functional background in mergers and acquisitions, organization design, culture and leadership, coupled with two decades of experience in emerging markets in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. During her corporate career, Ruchira held leadership roles in Medtronic and AIG in Singapore, Qatar Telecom (now Oredoo) in Qatar and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in India.

She is the executive coach for Chicago Booth’s ADP program and affiliate faculty at several business schools including SMU, NUS and IMD in Singapore, and most recently London Business School.

She is the author of the book Coaching: The Secret Code to Uncommon Leadership commissioned by Penguin Random House that released globally in July 2021 to much acclaim. Her book has been endorsed by luminaries like Sheryl Sandberg, and leading academics, executives and sports personalities. Ruchira was recently facilitated as one of the “21women leaders in 2021” by a leading women’s platform in India.

By way of education, Ruchira has earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Delhi, a master’s in communications management and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a concentration in strategy.. She currently divides her time between Singapore and Mumbai, India.

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