Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon is a businesswoman, humanitarian and Grammy-nominated musician. She has worked with Boards, Chief Executives and Senior Management teams of over 40 companies globally. Her projects have involved major financial and operational restructuring, global and domestic strategy, organizational redesign, core process/performance improvement and broad-based culture change.
After several years as a partner at McKinsey and Company in the 1980’s, Chandrika founded her own advisory and investment firm, Tandon Capital Associates, Inc., with a focus on measurable transformation of institutions to excellence. Today, she continues to be a trusted advisor to several Boards.
Chandrika is a Trustee of New York University where she serves on the Executive, Audit, Technology, and Nominating Committees, and chairs the Global Committee. She is Chair of the NYU President’s Global Council and a member of the Board of Overseers of the NYU Stern Business School. She also serves on the President’s Council on International Activities of Yale University; the President’s Advisory Council of the Berklee College of Music; and the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In 2009, she received the Walter Nichols medal for business, service, and integrity from NYU Stern, and was inducted into the Harold Acton Society in 2010, in recognition of her efforts on behalf of higher education. Additionally, she was named an Inaugural Distinguished Alumnus of both the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (2011) and Madras Christian College (2013) - her two alma maters.
Chandrika is a recognized musician and composer, with a “limpid, serene voice,” according to The New York Times, with three albums, and more in the works. Her 2010 album, Soul Call, topped the world music charts and was nominated for a Grammy in contemporary world music. She was also named as Billboard’s top 40 women in music. She has performed in major venues worldwide, including concerts at Lincoln Center, New York City; the World Culture Festival, Olympiastadion, Berlin; the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine; Wellness Initiative, Boulder, Colorado; Global Peace Initiative, Fairfield, Iowa; and the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, among others. She is a sought after speaker on topics of business and life, in corporate conferences, including Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. She was recently honored by the Smithsonian, at which she also performed in conjunction with the museum’s first yoga art exhibit.
She chairs Tandon Capital Associates, Soul Chants Music, and the Krishnamurthy Tandon Foundation, which supports education, the arts, wellness, and community building.