Ravi Kant - The man behind Tata Motors’ famous acquisition of British luxury brands, Jaguar and Land Rover in 2008 and who played an instrumental role in the brand’s turn-around since then, has retired from the company. Kant retired as non-executive vice chairman from the Tata Motors Board on May 31, 2014 on reaching 70 years of age as per the company’s retirement policy.
Ravi Kant was appointed managing director of Tata Motors for the period from July 29, 2005 to June 1, 2009 following which, he became the company vice president. In July 2010, Kant was appointment as an advisor to Jaguar Land Rover and was tasked with overseeing and co-ordinating the operations of the two British brands and reviewing its manufacturing processes. Under the leadership of Kant, several new initiatives and joint development programmes for engine and vehicles were also undertaken, which saw the synergies of skills of Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover.
On the occasion, Cyrus P Mistry, chairman of Tata Sons and Tata Motors said, “On behalf of the Board and Tata Motors, I would like to thank Ravi for his valuable contribution in the growth and development of the company. I wish him all the best for the future.”