Prof Dr Ralf Speth joined the board of Tata Sons as an additional director on October 25, 2016.
He is also the chief executive officer of Jaguar Land Rover, which has seen a remarkable turnaround since he took charge on February 18, 2010.
Following a degree in economics engineering from Rosenheim University, Germany, he earned a doctorate in engineering. He is also an industrial professor at the University of Warwick.
In the course of his career, Dr Speth worked as a business consultant for a number of years before joining BMW in 1980. He moved to Ford's Premier Automotive Group when BMW sold Land Rover to Ford in 2000. After a stint as head of global operations at the German international industrial gases and engineering company Linde Group, he returned to Jaguar Land Rover when the Tata group acquired the company.