Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon
Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon is a globally recognized business leader, Grammy-nominated artist, and humanitarian who is dedicated to the arts, education, and to building community and individual wellbeing.
Ms. Tandon broke several boundaries in the business world. One of the earliest partners at McKinsey and Company, she founded her advisory firm, Tandon Capital Associates, to restructure preeminent financial institutions worldwide and created billions of dollars in market cap. For over four decades, she has been a trusted advisor to Boards and Chief Executives of global financial institutions and service companies in the U.S., Europe, Australia and South America on financial and operational restructuring, global and domestic strategy, organizational redesign, core process/performance improvement, and broad-based culture change.
In a pursuit to redefine success, Ms. Tandon spends a significant amount of time in service, assuming leadership roles in the fields of art and education. She is Chairman of the Board of the New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering, having endowed it with a landmark gift in 2015, where she is actively leading the transformation of STEM education, accelerating world-class research, promoting entrepreneurship, and increasing access to STEM for first generation students and women. As Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at NYU, she leads the Committee on Global Initiatives and is on the Boards of its business school and Medical System. In addition, she serves on the President’s Council of International Activities at Yale and has endowed Chairs at several academic institutions.
Ms. Tandon is both an ardent supporter of the arts and a composer and vocalist. She is on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Berklee School of Music’s President’s Council. She established the Berklee Tandon Global Clinics, which enables world-class music faculty from the U.S. to collaborate with emerging artists in other countries. Ms. Tandon has produced several albums under the not-for-profit label, Soul Chants Music, and Soul Call was nominated for a Grammy award. Ms. Tandon staged her most recent album’s world premiere, Shivoham - The Quest, in November 2019 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her “limpid, serene voice” (The New York Times) has also filled other major venues around the world.
In recognition of her integrity, leadership, and enduring commitment, Ms. Tandon has been profiled on television, radio, and in print, including in CNBC’s “The Brave Ones” series. She has also received several awards such as the Gallatin Medal, NYU’s highest honor, the Walter Nichols Medal for representing the highest ideals in business and service, NYU’s Polytechnic Medal for science and engineering, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the David Lynch Foundation. Recently, Ms. Tandon was inducted as a lifetime member into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and was invited to the President’s Circle of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.