London: Indian business magnate Ratan Tata, who is the Chairman of the Tata Group, a Mumbai-based conglomerate, was reportedly an ‘instant hit’ with employees at Jaguar Land Rover.
Tata, who is a petrolhead and a trained architect with an eye for design, had established Tata as a car maker in 1991 and drove the development of the Tata Nano, the revolutionary ultra-low-cost 1,800 pound car with which he hoped to take millions of Indian families off overladen mopeds.
“He has an incredibly noble presence and real charisma. He loves being in the design studio, looking at studies for future models, and particularly the new sports car,” the Daily Mail quoted one former Jaguar insider, as saying.
“I remember sitting in one meeting where we just agreed a 100 million pound investment right there, and didn’t have to go to America or anywhere else for approval. It felt incredibly liberating,” he added.
In 2008, the Jaguar Land Rover company was established when Tata Motors acquired the Jaguar and Land Rover businesses from Ford.
Tata lives alone in a modest apartment in Mumbai with his two Alsatians, Tito and Tango, and says his main aim in business is to be able to lay his head on his pillow at night knowing he has done no harm, the paper said.
First Published: Sunday, August 26, 2012, 17:36