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-BIOGRAPHY

Ram Charan has worked behind the scenes with top excutives at some of the world's most successful companies, including Verizon, Novartis, Dupont…He has written books like "Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and Confronting Reality" both co-authored with Larry Bossidy.Dr. Charan's books have sold more than 2 million copies in the last five years.Dr. Charan's introduction to business starts very early at the family shoe shop in the small Indian town where he was born.After that he earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar.

-Dr. Charan has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance and was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He is on the board of Austin Industries and Tyco Electronics. Dr. Charan is based in Dallas, TX.

-LEADERSHIP IN THE ERA OF ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY

The first clear sign that the economic crisis was spreading globally and moving beyond the financial industry came to DuPont CEO Chad Holliday while he was visiting a major customer in Japan.The financial industry’s problems were pervading many aspects of DuPont’s business both at home and abroad. What had seemed to be a crisis of confidence in Wall Street had the potential to become a global crisis as Western Europe, Russia, and most of Asia were swept by the panic. Credit was disappearing, leaving companies struggling to finance their operations.

-Wilmington, where DuPont has its headquarters, is usually a hotbed of legal activity because so many companies are chartered in the state of Delaware and corporate lawsuits are filed in the Delaware Chancery Court in Wilmington.DuPont paint covers over 30 percent of American automobiles, and the company generally manufactures the paint less than 48 hours before it is sprayed on new cars.
-DuPont’s initial reaction to the spreading economic crisis took place in less than six weeks. There will be much more to do, depending on how the global economy fares over the next year or two.

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