Narayanan Ramanathan

N. (Ram) Ramanathan, 74, known as Ram to friends, is ranked Academician in the International Academy for Quality (IAQ) and serves on its Board, while also chairing its Think Tank on Quality in Planet Earth Concerns. He has been a founder member and past President of Indian Society for Quality (ISQ), and has been on the Board of Asian Network for Quality (ANQ). He has been involved in several leadership roles in promoting quality in India.

Ram has an industrial background having worked in diverse functions and having headed for six years the joint venture company SRF Nippondenso, near Delhi. He has been in the quality field for over 27 years now, and has counselled and taught companies for the past 14 years. He has been associated with twelve successful Deming Prize challenges to date including two for his parent company, SRF, where he continues as adviser.

Ram has received the Dronacharya Award in 2018 from ISQ for his contributions to teaching and counselling on quality, the Ishikawa-Kano Silver Medal of ANQ for long-term contributions to quality, and the Yoshio Kondo Award of IAQ for academic research.