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Meet the man who could be the next lord of Bombay House

Others in the fray are PepsiCo head Indra Nooyi, former head of Vodafone Group, Arun Sarin, chairman of the Tata retail unit Trent, Noel Tata, former head of TCS, S Ramadorai, and Jaguar land Rover chief, Ralf Speth.

Aseem Thapliyal   New Delhi     Last Updated: November 4, 2016  | 09:41 IST
Meet the man who could be the next lord of Bombay House
Natarajan Chandrasekaran

Natarajan Chandrasekaran, the CEO and MD of the TCS, is reportedly believed to be the favourite among a list of contenders for the top position at the Tata Group.

Others in the fray are PepsiCo head Indra Nooyi, former head of Vodafone Group, Arun Sarin, chairman of the Tata retail unit Trent, Noel Tata, former head of TCS, S Ramadorai, and Jaguar land Rover chief, Ralf Speth.

Cyrus Mistry's replacement will be picked by a five-man panel that includes Tata Sons interim chairman Ratan Tata.

Chandrasekaran, who leads the TCS which is the Tata Group's most valuable company, is believed to be the strongest candidate in the lot.

And, what makes him the strongest is his long association with the Tata Group. Chandrasekaran has been in the TCS for almost three decades. He joined the TCS in 1987 and never worked outside.

Since Chandrasekaran took over as CEO in October 2009, TCS's consolidated revenue skyrocketed to over Rs 1 lakh-crore in the previous financial year from about Rs 30,000 crore in 2009-10.

With over 353,000 consultants, the TCS has now become the largest private sector employer in India with the highest retention rate in a globally competitive industry.

Not only this, the TCS remains the most valuable company in India with a market capitalization of over USD 70 billion.

According to Business Today's BT 500 survey, the TCS has ranked top in a list of the most valuable Indian companies of 2016.

The IT giant was rated as the world's most powerful brand in IT Services in 2015 and was recognized as a Global Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute across 24 countries.

All these achievements and meteoric rise of the TCS has the name of its chief executive Chandrasekaran imprinted on it. That's what makes him the most favourite contender among others.

Here's a brief profile of Natarajan Chandrasekaran

 

  • Chandrasekaran popularly known as Chandra was born in 1963 in an agricultural family and had five siblings. His father, Srinivasan Natarajan, was a lawyer by profession but also managed the family farm that grew bananas, rice and sugarcane. Even Chandra tried farming for six months before realising it was not his cup of tea. He studied in a Tamil-medium government school and switched to English-medium for the senior secondary exams. He graduated from the Coimbatore Institute of Technology with a degree in applied sciences and completed his postgraduate degree in computer applications from Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirappalli. Chandra is an avid photographer, and a passionate long-distance  marathon runner.
  • Chandra joined TCS in 1987 after completing his postgraduate degree in computer applications. He lives in Mumbai, with his wife Lalitha and son Pranav. The TCS CEO has served as the Chairperson of the IT Industry Governors' at the WEF, Davos in 2015-16.
  • Chandra has played an active role in the Indo - US and India-UK CEO Forums and is also part of India's business taskforces for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan and Malaysia. He was the chairman of NASSCOM, the apex trade body for IT services firms in India in 2012-13 and is a member of its governing Executive Council.
  • Chandra was given "Business Leader award" at the ET Awards for Corporate Excellence 2016. The TCS chief was also awarded Qimpro Platinum Standard Award 2015 (Business) and Business Today's Best CEO 2015 (IT & ITEs). He was announced as the 'Best CEO' for the fifth consecutive year by the Institutional Investor's 2015 Annual All-Asia Executive Team rankings. During 2014, CNBC TV 18 declared him as one of 'Indian Business Icons'. Chandra was presented with the "Best CEO for 2014" by Business Today for the second consecutive year. He has also been given the Medal of the City of Amsterdam - Frans Banninck Coqc - in recognition of his endeavor to promote trade and economic relations between Amsterdam and India.

 

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