Gautam Thapar is Founder and Chairman of the Avantha Group which includes CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited (power transmission and distribution equipment and services), BILT (paper and pulp), Global Green Company Limited (food processing), Biltech Building Elements Limited (infrastructure), ATTL (Avantha Agritech Limited), Avantha Power & Infrastructure Limited (energy), Avantha Solutions Limited (IT and ITES) and Jg Containers (glass containers).
Gautam is widely recognized for his thought leadership, and was appointed Member of the former National Security Advisory Board. Gautam takes his social responsibilities seriously; this is manifested in his involvement across three sectors: education, leadership development and sports. He is President of Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Former Chairman of the Board of Governors - National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Chairman of the CII-Avantha Center for Competitiveness for SMEs, and Past President of All India Management Association (AIMA). He was awarded AIMA Honorary Life Fellowship in 2013. A former Chairman of The Ananta Aspen Centre, he is President of the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI). Gautam is former Chairman of the Indian Public School Society (IPSS). In 2013, King's College, London conferred an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of Gautam's exceptional achievements in the fields of industry and philanthropy.