Chairman of Tata Sons
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 12-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 organizations 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.
Among Asia's business titans, Ratan N. Tata stands out for his modesty. The chairman of the Tata Group - India's biggest conglomerate, with businesses ranging from software, cars, and steel to phone service, tea bags, and wristwatches - usually drives himself to the office in his $12,500 Tata Indigo Marina wagon. He prefers to spend weekends in solitude with his two dogs at a beachfront home he designed himself. And disdainful of pretense, he travels alone even on long business trips, eschewing the retinues of aides who typically coddle corporate chieftains. But Tata also has a daredevil streak. An avid aviator, he often flies his own Falcon 2000 business jet around India. And in February he caused a sensation at the Aero India 2007 air show by co-piloting Lockheed F-16 and Boeing F-18 fighter jets.
Rajesh Batra graduated with a BSc from Elphinstone College in 1975 and holds a Diploma in Systems Management from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute. A keen tennis enthusiast, Rajesh has won many International Junior titles representing India and was ranked Maharashtra State Number One and State University Champion in 1974. He was ranked the top 5 in India from 1976-77.
His tennis background led him to found the sports brand, Proline, along with his brother in 1983. Today he actively oversees all aspects of the Group as well as engaging in a wide array of philanthropic activities. He serves as a trustee on several charitable trusts and promotes sports through the Ram Batra Memorial Foundation where deserving youngsters are given scholarships to enable them to achieve their dreams.