Pavan Choudary is the Managing Director of Vygon, a leading French Multinational and sits on some of the most respected advisory boards of India. He is a much sought after Management Expert and is the Chairman of CII – Medical Equipment Division.
Pavan is the bestselling author of books like How a Good Person can Really win ( revised version of best seller When you are Sinking Become a Submarine), Machiavelli for Moral People and The Rx Factor – a business classic. In addition, he has authored The Trilogy of Wisdom – A set of three books on Chanakya’s Political Wisdom, Confucius’ Social Wisdom and Kabir’s Spiritual Wisdom. With Broom & Groom and Uprising 2011-Indians Against Corruption, Pavan has co-authored two path breaking books with Kiran Bedi and most recent Lal Bahadur Shastri – Lessons in Leadership with Congress leader and Ex Finance Minister, Government of India, Anil Shastri, which was recently released by the Dalai Lama in Delhi.
He writes in the genres of Wisdom, Power, Leadership, Realpolitik, Management, Success, Social Reforms, Psychology, Moral Psychology and Ethics & Morals and stands out for his original and practical ideas. The Times of India dubs him, “Amongst the foremost thinkers of the world.”
A truly versatile personality, Pavan also hosts the nation building TV show Hum Aisey Kyun Hain on Doordarshan and has written columns with The Times of India and Financial Chronicle.
Signs of all what Pavan would accomplish were visible right from his early years. He was born in the quiet town of Sagar, located in Madhya Pradesh at his grandfather’s house. His Grandfather was a wise, compassionate and respectable builder. Pavan spent several years of his childhood with him. Pavan was extremely sharp, eager to learn more and restless. Every few years he would find his school wanting and would insist that he be shifted to another school. He went to at least five different schools till he finally settled at St. Joseph’s Convent School, Sagar, the same convent school as his mother had gone to many years earlier.
His mother is an intellectually evolved lady who indelibly imprinted his impressionable mind. The nuns at his school often compared him to his mother and alas, found him wanting. Why? Pavan, like his mother, was also a bright and sensitive student but that is where the similarity ended. He was a naughty boy and a prankster to the core. Several times, he was on the verge of being thrown out of the school. Once he was even caught cheating during an examination. The other miscreants were punished but he was let off due to his fervent plea as well as his mother’s spotless record, with some enlightening advice from Sr. Philomena, his Welsh Principal, “Understand who you are and where you belong.” Pavan did understand but only much later. He was a versatile kid ─ good at studies, sports and extra-curricular activities. He won the student elections in school and became the House Captain. By organizing various events, managing and motivating his team, Pavan led his House to a resounding victory. This was his first tryst with leadership.
After graduating in Pharmacy (Hons) from Sagar University and securing an MBA degree from Shimla University, Pavan began his professional journey in the pharmaceutical industry, with a small company, Jagsonpal.
He had a brief stint in advertising to add a differential advantage to his skill set. However, his initial vocation beckoned him back and he returned to the Pharmaceutical industry. This time at Cadila Healthcare, where he feels his deep learning began. He learnt performance management, how to handle competitions and how to build his castle with the stones hurled at him. He then joined Dabur Pharmaceuticals as Marketing Manager. At the age of 33, he became one of the youngest CEOs in the country, heading the French multinational, Vygon India ─ a company where he found his vision, his world view and value system resonate. He continues at Vygon as Managing Director.
In 1997, Pavan came out with his first book, The Rx Factor which received much critical acclaim. It became the most reviewed Pharma marketing book in the world and for the first three years, it stayed among the top three most sought after books worldwide. Nine years later, he came back with another genius work in 2006 When You Are Sinking Become a Submarine. This book became a subject of discussion in informed corporate boardrooms and won much critical acclaim.
‘How a Good Person can Really Win’ is Pavan’s most recent work and it has been held as a good man’s guide to success in the real world. It tells how a principled man can win against an immoral man through wisdom and creativity. Pavan feels a good person who loses is the worst advertisement for goodness ─ unknowingly turning people off from the path of the good through his own example. Pavan strongly feels for the good person and wants him to win. He also knows that in the real world the “good person” (one for whom means are as important as the ends) often loses to the unprincipled man (for whom ends are all that matters). As per his research the good person loses because:
- He cannot comprehend how the immoral man thinks, works or makes his moves
- He lacks battle skills and doesn’t know how to fight back
- He is often egoistic about his honesty and obsessed with his image, whereas the immoral man subjugates his ego to his greed, and teams up with others
His book, How a Good Person can Really Win, prepares the good person towards:
- Comprehending evil moves
- Executing powerful antidotes
- Converting his virtues into competitive tools and building powerful collaborations with men like himself and win decisively.
Pavan’s books have a large readership and owing to its expanding audience, several of them have been translated into Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam. Also, most of his books are readily available as ebooks on amazon.com.
A seasoned healthcare expert, other than the CII’s Medical equipment division (MLED), Pavan also chairs the Healthcare Committee of the European Business Group in India. He is an established speaker and addresses various healthcare workshops across India on issues like Patient Safety and Quality in Healthcare and Safe Neonatal Vascular Access.
In his leisure time, Pavan likes to meditate, watch movies, exchange and share knowledge with other thinkers, or other people who need it, or just chat up with friends.
Coaching is his passion and he enjoys training leaders as he feels that when one of them transforms, the lives of hundreds under him blossom too. He has often spoken at the National Police Academy, Hyderabad, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), other prestigious institutes and companies in India and abroad. He is a trustee on the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Memorial Trust and has designed innovative course content for MDPs and conducted the same, especially for top management at various fora.
He currently resides in Gurgaon, Haryana, India with his wife Anu.