Ratan Tata conferred Knight Commander rank by the British Queen
Yet another “Ratan”(jewel) has been added to the former Chairman of the Tata group, Ratan Tata- he has been conferred the rank of Knight Commander (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II .
Ratan Tata was given the honour for his “services to UK/India relations, inward investment to the UK and philanthropy”.
The KBE is the one of the highest honours given by the queen to the civilians.
It was announced that “the queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following honorary British awards in 2014”.
Sir Ratan Tata is Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals and Tata Industries. He is also the chairman of the main two Tata trusts Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Sir Ratan Tata Trust and their allied Trusts, which together hold 66% of shares in the group holding company Tata Sons.
Ratan Tata has served in various capacities in organisations in India and abroad. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry and the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council. He is on the jury panel of Pritzker Architecture Prize – considered to be one of the world’s premier architecture prizes.
Ratan Tata received the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008, the 3rd and the 2nd highest Civilian awards bestowed by the Indian Government.
He will soon be receiving the Sayaji Ratna award, to be conferred by the Baroda Management association.
Few of his previous awards include, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Lifetime Achievement, Doctor of Business honoris causa, Asian Business Leader of the Year, Oslo Business for Peace award, Life Time Contribution Award in Engineering for 2008, International Distinguished Achievement Award to mention a few.
The Tata group is highly popular in UK. Iconic British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover became part of the Tata group in 2008.
The company employs over 16,000 people at its manufacturing facilities in the UK, including 3,500 engineers at its two product development centres.
Around 78% of Land Rovers are exported to 169 countries, while Jaguar exports 70% of its products to 63 countries around the world.
Tata Limited was established in London in 1907 to be Tata group’s representative in Europe
Tata companies have operations and a 60,000-strong workforce spread across Europe
Tata’s association with UK academia also dates back to the establishment of the Sir Ratan Tata Department at the London School of Economics.
Tata has maintained close links with the London School of Economics through research collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
– Sharanya Bharathwaj