Ratan Tata is one of the most influential and inspirational personalities of our time--an iconic business leader who has been instrumental in transforming independent India into a modern, industrial nation.
Established in 1868, the Tata Group spans a gamut of industries from salt to steel to software and is synonymous with quality and trust. It operates in more than 100 countries, impacting the lives of billions of people around the world. The abiding goodwill and respect that the Tata brand carries today can be traced back largely to the vision and integrity of one individual who spearheaded the conglomerate for over two decades--Ratan Tata. Starting out as a novice on the shop floor of a Tata company, Ratan Tata achieved an unequalled growth rate for the Tata Group as chairman and took India to the world through global acquisitions, overcoming many serious challenges along the way.
This fascinating biography traces Ratan Tata's years in immaculate detail, from his lonely childhood to his irrepressible youthful exuberance, from his first major role in the Tatas to being appointed chairman of the group in 1991 and to his role today as the head of Tata Trusts, India's largest philanthropic enterprise. It is as much a story of determination and an unwavering commitment to enduring principles and values as it is a testament to achieving unprecedented corporate success.
Drawing on unfettered access to Ratan Tata, his personal documents and the group's records, and filled with previously unknown facts, anecdotes and the author's insights, this is a comprehensive account of a life the likes of which the world has seldom seen.
Dr Thomas Mathew is a retired bureaucrat belonging to the 1983 batch of the Indian Administrative Service. He holds a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University and is a Bachelor of Law from Delhi University. He has worked in key roles in the ministries of Finance, Defence and Industry, and was Additional Secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee.
Dr Mathew met Ratan Tata in a professional capacity about three decades ago. They continued their interactions due to their shared interests. In 2018, Dr Mathew began work on Ratan Tata's biography.
Now retired, Dr Mathew serves on the board of several companies and is consulted on corporate matters. He has several publications to his credit and regularly writes opinion pieces for leading dailies. He lives in Gurugram, pursuing his passions of writing, nature conservation and photography.