Former chairmen

Profiles of the men who have led the Tata group in the last 100-plus years

Jamsetji Tata: The Founder of the Tata group began with a textile mill in central India in the 1870s. His powerful vision inspired the steel and power industries in India, set the foundation for technical educaton, and helped the country leapfrog from backwardness to the ranks of industrialised nations. Read more



Sir Dorab Tata (Chairman, Tata Sons: 1904 – 1932): Through his endeavours in setting up Tata Steel and Tata Power, this elder son of Jamsetji Tata was instrumental in transforming his father's grand vision into reality. It was also under his leadership that the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, the premier charitable endowment of the Tatas, was created, propelling the Tata tradition of philanthropy. Read more

Sir Nowroji Saklatvala (Chairman, Tata Sons: 1932 – 1938): Sir Nowroji Saklatvala became chairman of the Tata group in 1932, succeeding Sir Dorabji Tata. A keen sportsman and a trusted lieutenant to Sir Dorabji, Sir Nowroji was known for his vision and the desire to place employee welfare over everything else. Read more

JRD Tata (Chairman, Tata Sons: 1938 – 1991): The late chairman of the Tata group pioneered civil aviation on the subcontinent in 1932 by launching the airline now known as Air India. That was the first of many path-breaking achievements that JRD, who guided the destiny of the Group for more than half a century, came to be remembered for. Read more

Ratan N Tata (Chairman, Tata Sons: 1991 – 2012): Ratan N Tata was the Chairman of Tata Sons, one of the two promoter holding companies of the Tata group, from 1991 to 2012. During his tenure, the group’s revenues grew manifold, totalling over $100 billion in 2011-12. Read more