Hours before the Indian Hotels board meeting, Tata Sons announced major organisational changes bringing new people to replace the top executives appointed by Cyrus Mistry. The group human resources responsibilities will be overseen by S Padmanabhan, in addition to his existing responsibilities of leading the Tata Business Excellence Group.
This was looked after by NS Rajan who was appointed by Mistry. Mukund Rajan, brother of former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, will continue to be responsible for ethics and sustainability, and will take additional responsibility of overseeing the operations of the overseas representative offices of Tata Sons in the US, Singapore, Dubai and China.
Harish Bhat, in addition to his responsibilities for marketing and customer centricity, will henceforth also be responsible for managing the Tata brand. In the interim, he will oversee the functions of strategy and business development. Gopichand Katragadda will continue to be the group’s chief technology officer. Sanjay Singh will oversee the public affairs function out of the Delhi office.
Nirmalya Kumar, NS Rajan and Madhu Kannan, who was the former BSE CEO, have decided to explore options outside Tata Sons, Tata Sons said. The Group Executive Council (GEC) created by Mistry was virtually dismantled after he was removed as chairman of Tata Sons earlier last week.