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N Chandrasekaran's one year at Tata Sons: A job well begun

A year on, the 54-year-old has addressed many of the pain points in the $100 billion Tata Group.

February 21, 2018 / 12:30 PM IST
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Running is not easy. It’s as physical as it is psychological and often, the sport is a lonely one. But that didn’t deter Natarajan Chandrasekaran, who took up the sport at 44. The day after consulting his doctor on ‘some health concerns’ and encouraged by his wife, Chandrasekaran bought a new pair of shoes and hit the ground running. Within eight months, he had run his first marathon.

Chandrasekaran has showed a similar penchant to tackle issues head on after taking over as the Chairman of Tata Sons on February 1, 2017. Just four months earlier, his predecessor Cyrus Mistry was removed from the post in unprecedented circumstances. Now apart from calming the frayed nerves of his colleagues at the $100 billion conglomerate, Chandra –as the former CEO and Managing Director of TCS is called – had some other pressing issues to address.

Tata Steel, the biggest company in the Group by revenues, was facing serious headwinds in its European operations. There were legacy issues at Tata Teleservices and the passenger vehicles segment of Tata Motors could do with some more push.

A year on, the 54-year-old has addressed many of these pain points. If there were apprehensions initially about a non-Parsi heading the Group for the first  time, Chandra has allayed those fears.