Sri Ratan N. Tata
Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group.
Mr Tata is an Indian businessman and Chairman Emeritus of Tata sons. He was the chairman of Tata group, a Mumbai-based conglomerate from 1991–2012. He stepped down as the chairman on December 2012 but continues as the chairman of the Group’s charitable trusts.
Under his stewardship, Tata Tea acquired Tetley, Tata motors acquired Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Steel acquired Corus, which have turned Tata from a largely India-centric company into a global business, with 65% revenues coming from abroad. He was instrumental in the development of Tata Nano, largely dubbed as the world’s cheapest passenger car.
Ratan Tata has served in various capacities in organisations in India and abroad. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry and the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council. Ratan Tata received the Padma Vibhushan in 2008 and Padma Bhushan in 2000, the second and third highest civilian honors awarded by the Government of India..
Ratan Tata accepted the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2007 on behalf of the Tata family. He recently received an honorary doctorate from the London School of Economics, and is listed among the 25 most powerful people in business named by Fortune magazine in November 2007.