Senior Managing Director and Chairman of Blackstone India
Akhil Gupta is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Chairman of Blackstone India based in Mumbai. Mr. Gupta manages Blackstone’s Private Equity operations, and provides support for Real Estate and Advisory services, in India.
Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Gupta served as CEO- Corporate Development for Reliance Industries Limited, focusing on developing Reliance’s oil & gas, refining, and telecom businesses. Mr. Gupta began his career at Hindustan Lever. From 1981 to 1992 he worked in the U.S, first in consulting with Strategic Planning Associates and ICF in Washington D.C., then as Chief Financial Officer of two integrated retailers and manufacturers of furniture.
Mr. Gupta received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering, with distinction, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1973 and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University in 1981.
Mr. Gupta serves on the board of Allcargo Logistics Ltd, NCC Ltd, Moser Baer Projects Pvt Ltd., Jagran Prakashan Ltd, Jagran Media Network Investment Pvt. Ltd. and Trans Maldivian Airways. Mr. Gupta is one of the founding members of Asia Society (India Chapter) and a Partner in The Acumen Fund.