April 04, 2012

B Muthuraman, vice chairman, Tata Steel, receives the Padma Bhushan award from President Pratibha Patil

Jamshedpur: The President of India, Pratibha Patil, presented the prestigious Padma Bhushan award to B Muthuraman, vice chairman, Tata Steel, in the trade and industry category, on Wednesday, at a glittering function organised at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. The function was attended by Vice President, Hamid Ansari; Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh; and a host of other dignitaries. Mr Muthuraman is amongst the 109 Padma award winners this year. The Padma awards, the country's highest civilian awards, are given in all disciplines / fields of activities, viz art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.

Mr Muthuraman joined Tata Steel in 1966 and has held various positions at the company including vice president, marketing and sales; and vice president, cold rolling mill projects. He was appointed executive director in 2000, managing director of the company in 2001, and non-executive vice chairman in 2009. Under his visionary leadership, Tata Steel became a truly global company marked by some landmark events such as the acquisition of Corus, UK and Netherlands, in 2007.

Mr Muthuraman is currently the president of Confederation of Indian Industry. He is the chairman of Tata International. He is on the boards of several companies which include, Bosch, Tata Industries and Strategic Energy Technology Systems. He was chairman of several Tata Steel group companies like NatSteel, Singapore; Tata Steel Thailand; The Tinplate Company of India; Dhamra Port Company; Tata Sponge; and Tata–Martrade International Logistics. He was also the chairman of the board of governors of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jamshedpur; IIT, Kharagpur; XLRI, Jamshedpur; and member of the board of governors of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He is a member of the governing council of the National Institute of Design (NID). He is also a member of the business advisory council of Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

Mr Muthuraman holds degrees in bachelor of technology in metallurgical engineering from IIT, Madras, and a masters of business administration from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He has also completed the advanced management programme at European Centre for Executive Development, France, and has undergone the leadership programme at INSEAD, France. He was recently bestowed an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters, Honoris Causa from Loyola University, Chicago.

Mr Muthuraman received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT, Madras, in 1997 and the Tata Gold Medal from the Indian Institute of Metals in 2002. He also received the “CEO of the Year Award” from Business Standard in 2005, “CEO with HR Orientation Award” from World HRD Congress in 2005, Economic Times Award for Corporate Excellence in 2008 and IIM JRD Tata Award conferred by Indian Institute of Metals.