Simone Tata

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Simone Tata, née Dunoyer is an Indian Business women belonging to the Tata group family. [1]

Simone Tata was born and brought up in Geneva, Switzerland and graduated from Geneva University. She visited India as a tourist in 1953, where she met Mr. Naval H. Tata. They got married in 1955 and Simone settled permanently in Mumbai India .[2]

Simone Tata joined the Lakme Board in 1962 when it was a minor subsidiary of Tata Oil Mills, as managing director in 1961, rising to become its chairperson in 1982 and served as Non-Executive Chairman of Trent Ltd. until October 30, 2006.[3]

She was appointed to the board of Tata Industries in 1989.[4]

Seeing growth in the retail sector, in 1996 Tata sold Lakmé to Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL), and created Trent from the money it made through the sale. All shareholders of Lakmé were given equivalent shares in Trent. The Westside brand and stores belong to Trent.

Simone Tata is the mother of Noel Tata and stepmother of the former Tata group chairman, Ratan Tata.


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  3. ^ "Simone Tata". The Sunday Indian. Retrieved 17 Dec 2014. 
  4. ^ "Simone N Tata". Bloomberg. Retrieved 17 Dec 2014.