The Centre has a distinguished Board of Governors, comprising senior administrators, chief executives of public and private sector companies, academicians and social scientists. The first Chairman was Dr. V. Krishnamurthy, a doyen among Indian leaders. His visionary leadership, institution building capability and pursuit of excellence, with concern for people, led to transformation of two gigantic public enterprises – BHEL and SAIL. His nurturing of a new automobile company (Maruti) revolutionized the automobile and engineering sectors in India.

He had a long association with COD as its Chairman from its inception in 1980 to 1998, which helped the formative years and set the tone for COD’s leadership position in organization development.

Mr. Habil F Khorakiwala, the Executive Chairman of Wockhardt, is the present Chairman of the Board of Governors. The strategic direction and overall governance of the Centre is taken care of by the Board of Governors, while the day to day affairs are managed by the Director of the Centre. Prof. Umeshwar Pandey is the present Director of the Centre.