Ratan Tata truly is one of the biggest and most celebrated names in the automotive industry, not just in India, but globally. In credit of all of his life’s great contributions towards this bustling industry, Tata Group’s Chairman Emeritus has been inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. The event was held in Detroit, USA on July 23, 2015. Over the years, he 77-year-old has been bestowed with numerous awards from many countries across the globe.
Ratan Tata (centre) with Luca Di Montezemolo (left) and Roger Penske (right)
At the event in Detroit, Ratan Tata was joined by former Ferrari chairman Luca Di Montezemolo, and founder and chairman of Penske Corporation, Roger Penske at this prestigious event; Montezemolo and Penske too were honoured for their contribution towards the industry. Since 1939, 250 names have been inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, including the likes of Carl Benz, Ettore Bugatti, Henry Ford, Ferdinand Piëch, Sergio Pininfarina and Ferdinand Porsche. The Automotive Hall of Fame only takes into account those who have had an uplifting influence on the automotive industry and have made a remarkable impact on the same.
Ratan Tata is a Harvard Business School pass-out and succeeded J R D Tata as the Chairman of Tata Group in 1991. He was recognised for his significant contribution towards the growth of the tata Group, during his two decades of Chairmanship of the company. The Group currently includes 96 companies in 56 countries worldwide, with a combined workforce of over 5 lakh employees and revenues north of $100 billion.
Tata Group acquired JLR in 2008
Ratan Tata’s key role in the creation of the world’s most affordable car – the Nano, and was also recognised by the acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) from Ford in 2008, and the two luxury brand’s recent turnover has helped secure the jobs of over 33,000 people in England. After acting as the Chairman of the Tata Group, 77-year-old Ratan Tata retired in December 2012.
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