Ratan N Tata

Ratan N Tata has been the Chairman of Tata Sons, the promoter company of the Tata group, since 1991. He is also the Chairman of the major Tata companies, including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Tea, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels and Tata Teleservices. During his tenure, the group¶s revenues have grown nearly 13-fold. Mr Tata also serves on the board of directors of Fiat SpA and Alcoa. He is also on the international advisory boards of Mitsubishi Corporation, the American International Group, JP Morgan Chase and Rolls Royce. Mr Tata is associated with various organisations in India and overseas. He is the Chairman of two of the largest private-sector-promoted philanthropic trusts in India. He is a member of the Prime Minister¶s Council on Trade and Industry, the National Hydrogen Energy Board, and the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council. He is the president of the Court of the Indian Institute of Science and Chairman of the Council of management of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He also serves on the UK Prime Minister¶s Business Council for Britain and the International Advisory Council of Singapore¶s Economic Development Board. He is also a member of the Global Business Council on HIV / Aids and the Programme Board of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation¶s India Aids initiative. Mr Tata joined the Tata group in 1962. After serving in various companies, he was appointed director-in-charge of The National Radio and Electronics Company in 1971. In 1981 he was named Chairman of Tata Industries, the group¶s other promoter company, where he was responsible for transforming it into a group strategy think-tank, and a promoter of new ventures in high technology businesses. Mr Tata received a BS degree in architecture from Cornell in 1962. He worked briefly with Jones and Emmons in Los Angeles before returning to India in late 1962. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975. The Government of India honoured Mr Tata with its second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2008. He has also received honorary doctorates from Ohio State University, the Asian Institute of Technology, the University of Warwick and the Indian Institutes of Technology of Kharagpur and Madras, and an honorary fellowship from the London School of Economics.

Tata companies operate in seven business sectors: communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. They are, by and large, based in India and have significant international operations. The total revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $70.8 billion (around Rs325,334 crore) in 2008-09, with 64.7 per cent of this coming from business outside India, and they employ around 357,000 people worldwide. The Tata name has been respected in India for 140 years for its adherence to strong values and business ethics.

to whom it is answerable. The Nano car is one example. Hungary.92 billion and ranked it 51st among the world's Top 100 brands. The trusts also provide aid and assistance to non-government organisations working in the areas of education. recently valued the Tata brand at $9. social studies and the performing arts. Tata Tea. and a shareholder base of 3. through its UK-based subsidiary Tetley. recently rated it 11th on its list of world's most reputable companies. Each of these companies has its own board of directors and shareholders. Tata Chemicals is the world¶s second largest manufacturer of soda ash and Tata Communications is one of the world¶s largest wholesale voice carriers. in 1998 and recently unveiled the world¶s lowest-cost car. In more recent times. It pioneered several industries of national importance in India: steel. Tata is focusing on new technologies and innovation to drive its business in India and internationally. medical research. a UK-based consultancy firm. The major Tata companies are Tata Steel. employees and civil society. which in 2008 was ranked the world¶s fourth fastest. hospitality and airlines. The combined developmentrelated expenditure of the trusts and the companies amounts to around 4 per cent of the net profits of all the Tata companies taken together. Anchored in India and wedded to traditional values and strong ethics. Tata¶s early years were inspired by the spirit of nationalism. power. Tata Motors is among the top five commercial vehicle manufacturers in the world and has recently acquired Jaguar and Land Rover. Tata companies are building multinational businesses that will achieve growth through excellence and innovation. the Tata promoter company. There are 28 publicly listed Tata enterprises and they have a combined market capitalisation of some $60 billion. and Tata Motors. Brazil. India¶s first software company. Brand Finance. Businessweek magazine ranked Tata 13th among the '25 Most Innovative Companies' list and the Reputation Institute. which made India¶s first indigenously developed car. with delivery centres in the US. Uruguay and China. its pioneering spirit has been showcased by companies such as TCS. the Tata Nano. Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868. In tandem with the increasing international footprint of Tata companies. as is the Eka supercomputer (developed by another Tata company). UK. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). . Tata Steel became the sixth largest steel maker in the world after it acquired Corus. Indian Hotels and Tata Communications. USA. Tata companies also extend social welfare activities to communities around their industrial units.Every Tata company or enterprise operates independently. the Indica. while balancing the interests of shareholders. Tata Tea is the second largest branded tea company in the world. Going forward. Tata Power. TCS is a leading global software company. Tata Motors. the Tata brand is also gaining international recognition. healthcare and livelihoods. is held by philanthropic trusts that have created national institutions for science and technology.5 million. Tata companies have always believed in returning wealth to the society they serve. Tata Chemicals. besides India. Two-thirds of the equity of Tata Sons.

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