By A Staff Reporter : IIT Kharagpur welcomes Mr. T. V. Narendran as the new Chairman, Board of Governors of the institute. A Mechanical Engineer from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Trichy and MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta, Mr. Narendran is the CEO & Managing Director of Tata Steel Limited. Mr. Thachat Viswanath Narendran is the Chairman of Tata Steel Europe and Tata Steel Long Products Limited and oversees the organic and inorganic growth of Tata Steel over the last few years. Over 34 years of experience in the Mining and Metals industry, Mr. Narendran is a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of the World Steel Association. He was the co-chair of the Mining & Metals Governor Council of the World Economic Forum from 2016 to 2018. A Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and served as the President of the Indian Institute of Metals from 2021 to 2022, he was also the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from 2021 to 2022. Recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Awards from both NIT Trichy and IIM Calcutta, he is a Chevening Scholar and has also attended the Advanced Management Programme in INSEAD, France.
Narendran joined Tata Steel in 1988 straight after his MBA from IIM Calcutta. He worked in the International Trading Division of Tata Steel from 1988 to 1997 wherein he spent five years in Dubai looking after Tata Steels' exports to the Middle East. From 1997 to 2001, he spent time in Tata Steels' marketing and sales division and was involved in market development work for the Cold Rolling Mill Project, Supply Chain Management, Sales Planning, etc. From 2001 to 2003, he was the Chief of Marketing & Sales (Long Products) and played a key role in building the 'Tata Tiscon' brand and the distribution network for the same. From 2003 to 2005, he worked with B. Muthuraman, the then Managing Director of Tata Steel, as his Principal Executive Officer. Before being appointed as MD - Tata Steel India and South East Asia, on 1 November 2013, Narendran was the Vice President - Safety & Flat Products Divisions of Tata Steel. He is currently on the Boards of Tata Steel Limited, Tata Steel Europe, CEDEP, XLRI and World Steel Association.
Prof. V K Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur remarked, “We welcome Mr. T V Narendran as the new Chairperson of the Board of Governors of IIT Kharagpur. As a man beholding technical and industrial supremacy, he understands the need of the society and practical implications of industry-academia amalgamation with a technical institution. We look forward to his able guidance, constructive ideations and supportive encouragement in reshaping this institute for its future aspirations.”