Mr. Ratan Tata (Chairman)

Mr. Rata Tata was born on 28th December 1936 in Mumbai. He graduated in 1962 from Cornell University with a degree in Architecture and Structural Engineering. Following the advice of Mr. JRD Tata, he joined the family business turning down a job offer from IBM. He began his work on the ground level along with the blue-collar workers of the company and today Ratan Tata holds the position of Chairman of the Tata Group.

In 1981 Mr. Ratan Tata was made the Chairman of the Tata industries. He became responsible for the proper strategy planning of the company and to promote the new ventures in high technology businesses. It was in 1991 when he finally inherited the group chairmanship from Mr. JRD Tata and introduced his team of young managers.

His string of major achievements that have added to the glory of the Tata Group include the addition of Tata Consultancy Services to its public list and Tata Motors being listed to the prestigious New York Stock Exchange. On January 31st, 2007, Mr. Ratan Tata pulled off one of the biggest acquisitions in Indian corporate history. Tata Sons acquired Corus Group - an Anglo-Dutch steel and aluminium producer. This merger made Mr. Ratan Tata a celebrated personality in the Indian corporate circle and also brought into existence the fifth largest steel producing entity in the world.

The chain of companies that are run under the successful chairmanship of Mr. Ratan Tata are Tata Sons Ltd., The Tata Engineering & Locomotive Co. Ltd., Tata Industries Ltd., Tata Chemicals Ltd., The Indian Hotels Co. Ltd., Tata Tea Ltd., Tata IBM Ltd., Information Technology Park Ltd., Tata Lucent Technologies Ltd., Tata Trustee Co. Ltd., Tata International AG Zug, Switzerland, Tata Ltd., London, UK, Tata Incorporated, New York, USA, Tata Technologies (Pte) Ltd., Singapore, Tata Communications Ltd., Tata Hydro Electric Power Supply Co. Ltd., The Andhra Valley Power Supply Co. Ltd. and The Tata Power Co. Ltd.

He also serves as a director for The Bombay Dyeing & Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd., Antrix Corporation Ltd and Varuna Overseas Ltd., UK.

The Government of India honoured Mr. Ratan Tata with a ‘Padma Bhushan’ award on the 50th Republic day Celebration of India. He serves in senior capacities in various organisations in India including the National Council of Applied Economic Research. He is also a member of the central board of the Reserve Bank of India and of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade and Industry.