Tata Sons announces organisational changes, S Padmanabhan to oversee HR department

Tata Sons says Harish Bhat, in addition to his responsibilities for marketing and customer centricity, will henceforth also be responsible for managing the Tata brand

By: Reuters | Mumbai | Updated: November 5, 2016 1:06 am
Tata sons, Cyrus mistry, Ratan Tata, Tata, Tata group, Cyrus mistry ratan tata Ratan Tata in Mumbai on Tuesday. (Source:: Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

Tata Sons has put in place a new management team for the $100 billion steel-to-software group, days after its board ousted Chairman Cyrus Mistry and disbanded his advisory council, triggering a public spat between him and Ratan Tata.

Ratan Tata, patriarch of the Tata group who is temporarily back at the helm as interim chairman, has put together a team of five executives, including two former Mistry advisers, Tata Sons said in a statement on Friday.



The team comprises S. Padmanabhan, who currently leads the Tata business excellence group and will also be group human resources head, Gopichand Katragadda, who will continue in his current role as group chief technology officer, and Sanjay Singh, who will oversee public affairs in Delhi.

The new team also includes Mukund Rajan and Harish Bhat, formerly part of Mistry’s five-member advisory council. Rajan will continue to be responsible for ethics and sustainability, and will also oversee the group’s international operations in the United States, Singapore, Dubai and China. Bhat, who oversees marketing, will also be brand custodian and interim strategy and business development head.

The remaining three Mistry advisers – Nirmalya Kumar, NS Rajan and Madhu Kannan – have left the company, Tata Sons said. Tata veteran Prasad Menon, who last served as chairman of Vistara, an airline venture with Singapore Airlines, has also been brought in to help Ratan Tata temporarily, a source close to the company said.

While Mistry has been removed as chairman of Tata Sons, he is still chairman of some of the key listed group companies such as Indian Hotels Co, Tata Motors, Tata Communications and Tata Steel. Removing him as chairman from some of the companies, where Tata Sons is not a majority shareholder, might prove harder.

Independent directors of Indian Hotels, owner of the Taj chain of hotels, on Friday expressed confidence in the Mistry’s leadership. The independent directors “unanimously expressed their full confidence in the Chairman, Mr. Cyrus Mistry and praised the steps taken by him in providing strategic direction and leadership to the company,” Indian Hotels said in a statement to the stock exchange.

The board meeting was held to discuss the company’s quarterly results. A scuffle broke out between photo journalists and security guards outside Bombay House, the Tata Group’s headquarters, as the Indian Hotels board of directors were entering the building. Tata Sons apologised for the incident in a statement.


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  1. P
    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:52 am
    I suspected this, that brahmins are the force behind ouster of Cyrus Mistry. Brahmins with tremendous backup from National and internatiInal security agencies that have the inside information about the illegal activities of TATA group have long planted their filthy ilk, especially those who migrated out of TN, that survives on the criminal activities of corporates. Soon or later they will drive down the hill the TATA group.
  2. G
    Nov 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm
    So you mean to say we brahmins can confidently apply to TATA Group even if we are incompetent?
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    ashok s
    Nov 4, 2016 at 12:50 pm
    Then what parsis have used you llike tissue paper . check the history of nehruian policy stupid. Lick of swamy better for u
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    ashok s
    Nov 4, 2016 at 12:52 pm
    This is not only case with tatas but Dr gardha also. Parsis don't wash their dirty linens in open but leave their naked death bodies for feeding cannibals
  5. R
    Nov 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm
    After ouster of Mistry ,TATAs are finding difficulties to manage various departments and in the process ,shuttling people from one to other post .To avoid any further problems by again appointing somebody not from TATAs ,they should not commit the mistake again and give the charge of chairman post to Noel TATA,who will best serve the Company as per concerns and vision of Ratan Tata.
  6. S
    Nov 4, 2016 at 3:17 pm
    Do you know the meaning of cannibalism? look it up.
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