Traditionally, the 2 public charitable organisations have been headed by completely different people. It was solely from 1995 onwards that each trusts have the identical chairman in Ratan Tata (see graphic). When Ratan Tata succeeded his father Naval Tata because the chairman of SRTT in 1988, JRD Tata was chairman of SDTT. JRD held that place until his loss of life in 1993. Earlier, when JRD Tata succeeded Ardeshir Dalal as chairman of SDTT in 1949, Navajbai Tata, the spouse of Tata Group founder Jamsetji Tata’s second son Sir Ratan Tata, was main the opposite belief. She served in that capability until the time of her passing in 1965. By the way, that was JRD’s first stint as SDTT chairman since he once more took the reins in 1969.
Sources mentioned no ultimate choice on having separate chair- individuals for the 2 trusts has been reached, and the plan might change. The boards of the 2 trusts are scheduled to fulfill on August 16 to think about a decision that may make the chairman of 1 or each trusts ineligible to change into chairman of Tata Sons. Likewise, chairman of Tata Sons is not going to be eligible to change into chairman of both of the 2 trusts. However, s/he can occupy the chairperson’s seat at both of the trusts after her/his retirement from the corporate.
This implies whoever succeeds Ratan Tata at SDTT and SRTT shall be barred from taking over the management position at Tata Sons. Ratan Tata would be the final individual to have helmed the 2 trusts in addition to Tata Sons. Present Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran can change into chairman of both of the 2 trusts solely after he retires. Tata Trusts didn’t reply to TOI’s e-mailed queries.
Whereas some Tata Group observers learn these proposals as strikes geared toward guaranteeing that energy isn’t concentrated in a selected particular person, others really feel that this might complicate decision-making on the prime. Succession at Tata Trusts is being carefully watched by a number of stakeholders due to its affect on Tata Sons, and by implication on how the bigger conglomerate shall be managed, and on the home economic system.