Aside from a 2-year prison sentence, former McKinsey head Rajat Gupta couldn't be holding a better hand.
He could have a roaring comeback. After all the guy is only 63, young these days when shakers and movers like News Corp Rupert Murdoch is already into his 8th decade. He is a builder. Coming from nothing in India, he put together an amazing career in America. And he remains, despite his fall from grace, well connected. About 200 prominent professionals sent letters to U.S. Judge Jed Rakoff asking for a lenient sentence.
In prison Gupta can start the ball rolling on his journey back. For instance, he can help establish a rehab program for inmates to learn the fundamentals of business, like reading a balance sheet and the basics of marketing and sales. Then, upon release they can open their own companies. We all know it's difficult for those who have served time (with the exception of Gupta) to get hired. No problem: They can create their own enterprises.
Simultaneously, Gupta can begin penning his memoir (you bet, ghostwriters like myself would compete to pitch in and help out). Primarily it would be a soul-searching chronicle of where he went wrong, why, and what he would have done differently. You bet, it could be a best-seller.
In addition, he can provide an exclusive series of interviews to THE WALL JOURNAL a la Watergate on how the system again worked. He praises both the federal prosecution and the federal judge. He also itemizes what qualities are necessary for an effective defense attorney to have.
In no time, the Gupta brand will return stronger than it had been.