|Rustomji Homusji Mody|
17 January 1918 |
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
|Occupation||Chairman of Tata Steel from 1984–1993|
|Spouse(s)||Siloo Russi Mody|
|Parents||Sir Homi Mody and Lady Jerbhai|
Russi was born 17 Jan 1918, in Mumbai to a Parsi family. His father was Sir Homi Mody. His mother was Lady Jerbai Mody née Dubash. Russi has two brothers, Kali Homi Mody and Piloo Mody. After a few years of schooling in India, he was sent to England for further studies. He studied at Harrow School and later at Christ Church College, Oxford. On his return to India he joined Tata Steel as an office assistant. Russi is married to his first cousin Siloo Mugaseth, the daughter of his mothers sister, and now lives in Kolkata.
Russi Mody joined Tata Steel in 1939 and he was promoted to the position of Director of Personnel in 1953. He took up the position of the Director of Raw Materials in 1965. In 1970, he was appointed as Director of Operations and became Joint Managing Director in 1972.
His skills as 'man manager' were well known. He was popular particularly among the younger generation of TISCO engineers. Russi had once accompanied Einstein on piano while Einstein played violin He is known for wolfing down 16-egg omelettes and dining with workers on the shop floor when he was young.
Awards and recognition
Padma Bhushan (1989)
Partha Mukherjee and Jyoti Sabharwal had written his biography named The man who also made Steel.