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Ratan Naval Tata

Current Location:: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Immediate Family:

Son of Naval Hormusji Tata and <private> Commissariat
Brother of <private> Tata
Half brother of <private>

Occupation: Chairman, Tata Sons
Managed by: Anilkumar Nair Puthalath
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Immediate Family

    • <private> Commissariat
    • <private> Tata
    • <private> Dunoyer
    • <private>
      half sibling

About Ratan Naval Tata

Sir Ratan Naval Tata, KBE (Gujarati: રતન નવલ ટાટા; born 28 December 1937), is an Indian businessman who became chairman (1991– ) of the Tata Group, a Mumbai-based conglomerate.[2] He is a member of a prominent Tata family of Indian industrialists and philanthropists. Among many other honours accorded him during his career, Tata received the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s most distinguished civilian awards, in 2000 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008 and Lifetime Achievement Award awarded by prestigious Rockefeller Foundation in 2012.[3][4] He has also been ranked as India's most powerful CEO.

Ratan is the grandson of Tata group founder Jamsedji Tata. His childhood was troubled, with his parents separating in the mid-1940s when he was merely seven and his younger brother Jimmy was five years old. Their mother moved out and both Ratan and his brother were raised by their grandmother Lady Navajbai.[6] Tata started his schooling at Campion School and finished at Cathedral and John Connon School both in Bombay.[7] Ratan Tata 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.[8] He is a part of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.

Tata began his career at the Tata empire in 1962; he initially worked on the shop floor of Tata Steel, shovelling limestone and handling the blast furnace.[10] In 1971, he was appointed the Director of National Radio and Electronics (Nelco), which was in dire straits when he came on board: with losses of 40% and barely 2% share of the consumer electronics market. However, just when he turned it around from 2% to 25% market share, the Emergency was declared. A weak economy and labour issues compounded the problem and Nelco was quickly near collapse again. For his next assignment, in 1977 he was asked to turn around the sick Empress Mills, which he did. However, he was refused a Rs 50 lakh investment required to make the textile unit competitive. Empress Mills floundered and was finally closed in 1986. In 1981, JRD Tata stepped down as Tata Industries chairman, naming Ratan as his successor. He was heavily criticized for lacking experience in running a company of the scale of Tata Industries.[10] In 1991, he was appointed group chairman of the Tata group. As group chairman, he has been responsible for converting "the corporate commonwealth" of different Tata-affiliated companies into a cohesive company. He has been responsible for the acquisition of Tetley, Jaguar Land Rover and 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 Indica and the Nano. He is widely credited for the success of the Tata Group of companies, especially after the liberalization of controls after the 1990s.[1] In August 2007, Ratan Tata lead Tata Group's acquisition of British steel maker Corus. At that time, this was the largest takeover of a foreign company by an Indian company, and resulted in Tata Group becoming the fifth largest steel producer in the world. According to the BBC, however, some analysts[which?] criticized the move, saying that Tata Group had overpaid for Corus and had prioritized national pride before its shareholders.[11] Tata is set to retire in December 2012 to be succeeded by Cyrus Mistry, the 42-year-old son of Pallonji Mistry and managing director of Shapoorji Pallonji Group.

Ratan Tata serves in senior capacities in various organisations in India and 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 RAND's Center for Asia Pacific Policy and serves on the program board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's India AIDS initiative.[13]. 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.[14][15] He also serves as a board member on the Republic of South Africa's International Investment Council and is a member of the Asia-Pacific advisory committee for the New York Stock Exchange. In 2010, he joined BMB Group as an advisory board member. In 2009, Tata was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.


Ratan Naval Tata (born December 28, 1936, in Mumbai) is the present Chairman of the Tata Group, India's largest conglomerate established by earlier generations of his family.

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Ratan Naval Tata's Timeline

December 28, 1937
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Age 37
United Kingdom
- present
Age 53
Campion School, Bombay
Cathedral and John Connon School, Bombay
- 1962
Cornell University, U.K.