27 January, 2021

Toughware Man Is The Boss

TCS’s miracle man, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, is the new chairman of Tata Sons

Photograph by Soumik Kar
Toughware Man Is The Boss

Even before the dust has settled in the Ratan Tata-Cyrus Mistry battle, the Tata Sons Board has sprung another surprise by announcing a strong name to helm Tata Sons. Few candidates can match the credentials of Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chief of the Tata Group’s most successful company, TCS.

Chandrasekaran was appointed additional director on the Tata Sons Board on October 25, 2016, a day after it unceremoniously removed Cyrus Mistry as chairman. Chandrasekaran is probably the best bet for the Tata Group to lead the beleaguered salt to software conglomerate.

Chandrasekaran 53, is a career Tata executive, having spent his entire career of 30 years in the group. He joined TCS in 1987 after completing his MCA from Regional Engineering College (REC), Trichy (now the National Institute of Technology). Before that, he did his BSc in Applied Sciences from the Coimbatore Institute of Technology.

Taking charge as MD and CEO in Oct­ober 2009, Chandrasekaran has had a highly successful record in TCS, which today accounts for most of the group’s revenue,...



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