Group grew over 35 times under Ratan’s stewardship
Business historian Gita Piramal, author of Business Maharajas, had told FE earlier that every large business group will see people at the helm of affairs who will be tuned into the historical requirements of the group at that point of time. Ratan Tata’s role was no different.
The year Ratan took over was also the year the Indian economy was liberalised, throwing open the doors of several sectors to foreign investment. “Ratan is credited with the global expansion of the Tata Group,” said Ajay Piramal, chairman of the Piramal Group. “He took the group to global leadership in steel, chemicals and other industries.” The group, which consists of 114 companies in eight business sectors, made huge acquisitions globally through group companies, including British-based tea maker Tetley in 2000, Daewoo Motors in 2004, Anglo Dutch-steel maker Corus in 2007 and Jaguar Land Rover in 2009.
The other big change that Tata brought about is to bring in hordes of talent into the group, replacing the coterie that existed then, Piramal said. “Tata has also been able to preserve the values of the group, and has maintained
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