The illustrious Board of Trustees include:
Mr Ratan N Tata
Mr Ratan Tata is the Chair of the
Board. He has been the Chairman of Tata Sons,
the holding company of the Tata Group, since
1991. Mr Tata received a Bachelor of Science
degree in architecture with structural engineering,
from Cornell University in 1962, and completed
the Advanced Management Program at Harvard
Business School in 1975.
He has been conferred an honorary doctorate
in business administration by the Ohio State
University, an honorary doctorate in technology
by the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok,
an honorary doctorate in science by the
University of Warwick, and an honorary fellowship
by the London School of Economics.
The Government of India honoured Mr Ratan
Tata with the Padma Bhushan in 2000, and
the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest
civilian honour in the country, in 2008.
Mr Tata is on many boards and advisory committees
in India and abroad.
Mr NA Soonawala is the vice-chairman of Tata Investment Corporation and deputy chairman of Tata Tea. He is also
a director of several companies, including
Tata Industries, Tata Motors, Indian Hotels,
Trent, Tata Chemicals, Tata AG (Switzerland),
Tata Limited (London) and the Tetley Group
(UK). A commerce graduate from Bombay University,
Mr Soonawala is also a chartered accountant.
Mr Soonawala started his career as a senior
project officer (finance) with ICICI. In
1965, the World Bank, the organisation he
had joined before joining Tata Sons in 1968,
deputed him to Ghana and Nigeria to assist
and advise on methods of project appraisal
and project financing.
Besides the Trusts, Mr Soonawala is also
a member and trustee of several Trusts,
including Bai Hirabai JN Tata Navsari Charitable
JRD Tata Trust, RD Tata Trust, Sir Dorabji
Tata Trust, and the Sarvajanik Seva Trust.
RK Krishna Kumar
Mr RK Krishna Kumar joined TAS in 1963,
after graduating with a masters degree
from the University of Madras. He was initially
posted in Tata Industries, after which he
moved to other Tata Group companies. Mr
Krishna Kumar joined Tata-Finlay and then,
became involved with the Group's tea and
coffee businesses. His association with
the plantation business began in 1982, when
he was posted as vice president, South India
Plantation Division, in Kochi. He moved
to Kolkata as joint managing director, Tata
Tea, in 1988, and became the companys
managing director in 1991.
Mr Krishna Kumar is currently a director
on the Tata Sons Board, chairman of
Tata Coffee and Asian Coffee, and vice-chairman
of Tata Tea, and of Indian Hotels. He is
a director in several enterprises, including
Rallis India, Watawala Plantations, Tata
Tetley, and Tata Tea Incorporated (US).
Mr Keki B Dadiseth
A chartered accountant by profession,
Mr Dadiseth was with Hindustan Lever for
much of his professional life. He was Chairman
of Hindustan Lever Limited. He was also
on the Board, an executive committee member
at Unilever, and led the restructuring of
the company, apart from managing the Home
and Personal Care division of Unilever worldwide.
He is currently on the Board of numerous
companies including Prudential Plc and Indian
Ms Shirin K Bharucha
is a lawyer who worked with the
Tata Group for several years. She is involved
with a number of Trusts, which work for
Mumbai's urban renewal. She was part of
the team that restored the Oval Maidan,
the Horniman Circle Garden and the Kala
Ghoda Art District (www.kalaghodaassociation.com/).
She is currently Managing Trustee at the
Mr Jimmy Tata
Mr Jimmy Tata worked in various companies
in the Tata Group, and retired as consultant
from the Tata Electric Co. He is currently
on the board of the Bai Hirabai JN Tata
Navsari Charitable Institution, Sarvajanik
Seva Trust, and the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust.