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Ratan Tata Biography

Born: December 28, 1937
Achievement: Honored with Padma Bhushan, one of the
highest civilian awards in 2000.

Ratan Tata is presently the Chairman of Tata Sons, the
holding company of the Tata Group. Ratan Naval Tata is also
the Chairman of the major Tata companies such as Tata
Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Consultancy Services,
Tata Tea, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels and Tata
Teleservices. He has taken Tata Group to new heights and
under his leadership Group's revenues have grown manifold.

Ratan Tata was born on December 28, 1937, in Bombay. He
received a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from
Cornell University in 1962. Ratan Tata had a short stint with
Jones and Emmons in Los Angeles, California, before
returning to India in late 1962. He joined the Tata Group and
was assigned to various companies before being appointed
director-in-charge of The National Radio & Electronics
Company (NELCO) in 1971. Ratan Tata was appointed
Chairman of Tata Industries in 1981. He was assigned the
task of transforming the company into a Group strategy
think-tank, and a promoter of new ventures in high
technology businesses.

In 1991, Ratan Tata took over the Chairmanship from JRD
Tata. Under him Tata Consultancy Services went public and
Tata Motors was listed in the New York Stock Exchange. In
1998, Tata Motors came up with Tata Indica, the first truly
Indian car. The car was the brainchild of Ratan Tata.

Ratan Tata was honored with Padma Bhushan, one of the
highest civilian awards in 2000. He was also conferred an
honorary doctorate in business administration by Ohio State
University, an honorary doctorate in technology by the Asian
Institute of Technology, Bangkok, and an honorary doctorate
in science by the University of Warwick.