Careers: Interviews
Ashutosh Garg: Storyteller, Author, Business Coach, Shopkeeper, Manager

This week, Stephen Ibaraki has an exclusive interview with Ashutosh Garg.

Ashutosh GargAshutosh Garg, 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. He founded Guardian Pharmacy in India in 2003 and grew it to the second largest pharmacy chain in India. He exited from Guardian in 2016.

Ashutosh has served as a director of the GAVI Vaccine Alliance (, headquartered in Geneva, for 8 years. He has also served as the Chairman of "Bizdome", a Startup Incubator of the Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak, and as a Member of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Policy Research.

In January 1995, he was recognized as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Switzerland. He is an active member of YPO and has served as the Chairman for YPO Gold, South Asia. He is also a Charter Member of TiE.

He has written 7 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" and "An Eye for an Eye" and "The Brand called You." His latest book "How to Survive Failure and come out Stronger" will be published in early 2021.

He writes regularly for various publications, has a very significant presence on social media and can be seen frequently on CNN News18 as a panelist. In his new role as a Story Teller, he hosts the very successful video and podcast series titled "The Brand Called You" ((

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



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