Tata Group has announced that Natrajan Chandrasekarana will become the chairman of Air India, and his appointment will be confirmed by the board on Monday.
The Tata group had previously announced Turkey’s Ilker Ayci as the chief executive of Air India, but the appointment was met with much opposition in India.
As a result, Turkish Ilker Ayci had declined to become the CEO of Tata’s Air India.
Mr. Chandrasekaran is the chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company and promoter of more than 100 Tata operating companies. He joined the board of Tata Sons in October 2016 and was appointed chairman in January 2017.
He also chairs the boards of several of the group’s operating companies, including Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), of which he was Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 17.
His appointment as chairman followed a 30-year business career at TCS, where he graduated from university. He rose through the ranks at TCS to become CEO and Managing Director of the leading global IT solutions and consultancy firm.
Mr. Chandrasekaran became the first non-Parsi and professional executive to head the Tata Group.