|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2013)|
|Ratan N. Tata|
28 December 1937 |
|Residence||Colaba, Mumbai, India|
|Alma mater||Cornell University|
|Occupation||Former Chairman of Tata Group|
|Relatives||Jamsetji Tata (Great Grandfather)
Dorabji Tata (Grand-Uncle)
Ratanji Tata (Grandfather)
Naval Tata (father)
JRD Tata (Grand-Uncle)
Simone Tata (step mother)
Noel Tata (half-brother)
|Awards||Padma Vibhushan (2008)
Ratan Tata, KBE (Born Ratan Naval Tata on 28 December 1937) is an Indian businessman of the Tata Group, a Mumbai-based conglomerate. He was the chairman of the group from 1991-2012. He stepped down as the chairman on 28 December 2012 and now holds the position of Chairman Emeritus of the group which is an honorary and advisory position. He will continue as the chairman of the groups charitable trusts
Tata is the adoptive great-grandson of Tata group founder Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata. His father, Naval Tata, had been adopted from the family of a distant relative by Jamsetji's childless younger son, also named Ratan Tata, and his wife Navajbai. Tata's parents (Naval and his first wife Sooni) separated in the mid-1940s when Ratan was seven and his younger brother Jimmy was five years old. Both he and his brother were raised by their grandmother Lady Navajbai. Many years later, Naval Tata took a second wife, Simone, and fathered another son, Noel Tata.
Tata began his schooling in Mumbai at the Campion School and the Bishop Cotton School in Shimla, and finished his secondary education at the Cathedral and John Connon School. He completed his B.S. in architecture with structural engineering from Cornell University in 1962, and the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School in 1975. Tata is a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.
Tata began his career in the Tata group in 1962; he initially worked on the shop floor of Tata Steel, shovelling limestone and handling the blast furnace.
In 1991, J. R. D. Tata stepped down as Tata Industries chairman, naming Ratan as his successor.
In 1991, Tata was appointed as the chairman of the Tata group. 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 also pushed the development of the Tata Indica and the Tata Nano
Ratan Tata retired from all executive responsibility in the Tata group on December 28, 2012 which is also his 75th birthday and he is succeeded by Cyrus Mistry, the 44-year-old son of Pallonji Mistry and managing director of Shapoorji Pallonji Group.
He is chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, Tata Motors, Tata Steel and a few other group companies. He is also the chairman of the main two Tata trusts Sir Dorabji Tata and Allied Trusts and Sir Ratan Tata Trust which together hold 66% of shares in the group holding company Tata Sons.
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. Tata is on the board of governors of the East-West Center, the advisory board of R&D's Center for Asia Pacific Policy and serves on the program board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's India AIDS initiative.
Honours and awards
Ratan Tata's foreign affiliations include membership of the international advisory boards of the Mitsubishi Corporation, the American International Group, JP Morgan Chase and Booz Allen Hamilton. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the RAND Corporation, University of Southern California and Cornell University. He also serves as a board member on South Africa's International Investment Council and is a member of the Asia-Pacific advisory committee for the New York Stock Exchange. He received the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008 and Lifetime Achievement Award awarded by Rockefeller Foundation in 2012. In 2009, Tata was given an honorary knighthood, the Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (K.B.E.).
|2013||Honorary Doctor of Business Practice||Carnegie Mellon University|||
|2013||Ernst and Young Enterprenuer of the Year - Lifetime Achievement||Ernst & Young|||
|2012||Doctor of Business honoris causa||The University of New South Wales|||
|2010||Business Leader of the Year||The Asian Awards.|||
|2010||Honorary Doctor of Laws||Pepperdine University.|||
|2010||Legend in Leadership Award||Yale University.|||
|2008||Honorary Doctor of Science||Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.|||
|2008||Honorary Doctor of Science||Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.|||
|2008||Honorary Doctor of Law||University of Cambridge.|||
|2008||Inspired Leadership Award||Inspired Leadership Award|||
|2007||Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy||Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.|||
|2005||Honorary Doctor of Science||University of Warwick.|||
|2004||Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology||Asian Institute of Technology.|||
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- "Asian Institute of Technology confers doctorate on Ratan Tata". Asian Institute of Technology. March 2008.
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