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