Tata Sons Chairman is now a Padma Bhushan Awardee; Know the inspiring career story of Natarajan Chandrasekaran

The government on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of Republic Day, one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, Padma awards were announced and several notable personalities from the IT industry have received the award this year. The Padma Bhushan award also went to Tata Sons chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran and the heads of India’s two biggest Covid-19 vaccine makers – Cyrus Poonawalla of Serum Institute of India (SII) and Krishna Ella and Suchitra Ella of Bharat Biotech.

The list of awards in total comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan, and 107 Padma Shri Awards. 34 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of Foreigners and 13 posthumous awardees.

These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March or April every year. The award has been announced to each of the deserving personalities across the country. Among the personalities, the story of Tata Sons chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran will definitely be an inspiring one.

Natarajan Chandrasekaran

Natarajan Chandrasekaran was fondly called ‘Chandra’ by people at the Bombay House. The Tata group chairman popularly known as ‘Marathon Man’ joined as an intern in Tata Consultancy Group in 1987 and now he secures the topmost position of Tata group.

The TCS company has secured an incredible achievement from its work and the company is now one of the most successful companies across the world. The hand behind the success story is far away and it has been made happen by the former intern of the company.

Natarajan Chandrasekaran was born in an agricultural family in the village of Mohanur in Tamil Nadu. A man who believed in the power of hard work, Chandrasekaran’s father took the time to teach his son lessons in frugality, honesty, and perseverance that held him in good stead throughout his life.

Responsibilities

Under his leadership, TCS has generated consolidated revenues of US$16.5 billion in 2015-16. He was a chief operating officer (COO) and executive director of TCS. Later in 2009, he became Chief executive officer. He was also the chairman of Tata Motors and Tata Global Beverages and became the first non-Parsi and professional executive to head the Tata Group. Other than becoming India’s largest private-sector employer, his reign also saw TCS taking important steps towards new technologies like artificial intelligence, the internet-of-things, and blockchain.

In 2016, he was also appointed by the Reserve bank of India on its board. The personal touch has allowed the CEO to remain connected with employees. His mentor, S Ramadorai once said that “the ability to build world-class teams and value systems” was Chandrasekaran’s biggest strength.

When his education is checked, it can be understood that he never attended any management school nor does he read much management literature. He learned about team building and customer management through his work that took him to different places for different projects. In 1999, he started the firm’s e-business unit. Under him, it grew to an over-500 million dollar segment in just four-and-a-half years.

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From there, Natarajan Chandrasekaran grew fast with TCS under the mentorship of his all-time model S. Ramadorai (the then-CEO of TCS). After paving a way for the company’s growth, thirty years later, the ‘Marathon Man’ has now achieved a Padma Bhushan adding one more feather to his cap.