NEW YORK(TIP): Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, a former Indian Ambassador to the United States and former foreign secretary of India, has joined Tata Sons. He will serve as the group’s Global Corporate Affairs head.
Jaishankar, who served as the Indian Ambassador to the United States from 2013 to 2015, served as the Foreign Secretary of India till January this year.
He joined Indian Foreign Service in 1977 and has held several key positions over four decades. He played a key role in the negotiation of the US-India Civil Nuclear agreement.
Jaishankar also served as the High Commissioner to Singapore and Ambassador to China.
In his new role, the former diplomat will be responsible for the Tata group’s global corporate affairs and international strategy development and Tata Sons’ international offices will report to him. He will work with Tata companies to help them strengthen their business presence and positioning in their respective geographies globally.
“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Jaishankar to the Tata group,” Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Sons, said. “His extensive experience and knowledge on international affairs will be very valuable to the group as we work to reinforce our brand and leadership globally.”
Jaishankar said, “The Tata group is an iconic institution known for its value-based leadership as well as India’s most respected brand globally. I look forward to being part of the Tata group and working with key stakeholders to make an impact.”
Jaishankar is a graduate of St Stephen’s College at the University of Delhi. He has an MA in political science and an MPhil. and Ph.D. in international relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Tata Sons is the promoter of the major operating Tata companies and hold significant shareholdings in these companies. Notably, Tata Sons is the parent company that owns Tata Consultancy Services, which is one of the top Indian IT outsourcing companies. TCS along provides Tata Sons with 70% of its dividend.