Born: December 28, 1937
Achievement: Honored with Padma Bhushan, one of the highest
civilian awards in 2000.
Ratan Tata was the Chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group.
Ratan Naval Tata is also the Chairman of the major
Tata companies such as Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata
Consultancy Services, Tata Tea, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels and Tata
Teleservices. He has taken Tata Group to new heights and under his
leadership Group's revenues have grown manifold.
Ratan Tata was born on December
28, 1937, in Bombay. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in
architecture from Cornell University in 1962. Ratan Tata had a short
stint with Jones and Emmons in Los Angeles, California, before returning
to India in late 1962. He joined the Tata Group and was assigned to
various companies before being appointed director-in-charge of The
National Radio & Electronics Company (NELCO) in 1971. Ratan Tata was
appointed Chairman of Tata Industries in 1981. He was assigned the task
of transforming the company into a Group strategy think-tank, and a
promoter of new ventures in high technology businesses.
In 1991, Ratan Tata took over the Chairmanship from JRD Tata. Under him
Tata Consultancy Services went public and Tata Motors was listed in the
New York Stock Exchange. In 1998, Tata Motors came up with Tata Indica,
the first truly Indian car. The car was the brainchild of Ratan Tata.
He stepped down as chairman of the Tata conglomerate on 28 December 2012.
Ratan Tata was honored with Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian
awards in 2000. He was also conferred an honorary doctorate in business
administration by Ohio State University, an honorary doctorate in
technology by the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, and an
honorary doctorate in science by the University of Warwick.