Press Report : Tata’s Kant to retire on 65th birthday

Automotive News Europe, 1st June, 2009

Ravi Kant, Managing Director of Tata Motors Limited, which owns Jaguar Land Rover, will retire today.

Kant will be succeeded by Prakash Telang, currently head of Tata’s commercial vehicle strategic business unit.Telang, 61, is a veteran Tata executive who joined the company in 1972. He is also on the board of the company’s joint venture with Fiat, Fiat India Automobiles Pvt. Ltd., and played a significant role in Tata’s recent cost-reduction drive.

Kant joined Tata Motors in 2000 as head of the company’s commercial vehicle business unit and was promoted to managing director in 2005. He will retire on his 65th birthday in line with company policy, Tata said. Kant will be retained by the company’s board as Non-Executive Vice Chairman.

[Source: Automotive News Europe]

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