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Tata Workers’ Union honours Tata Group Chairman Mr Natarajan Chandrasekaran with the ‘25th Michael John Memorial Lecture Gold Medal’ award

Jamshedpur, October 31, 2019

       Mr Chandrasekaran outlines challenges of business organisations in the 21st Century

Tata Workers’ Union (TWU), Jamshedpur, today honoured Shri Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Executive Chairman, Tata Sons, with ‘The 25th Michael John Memorial Lecture Gold Medal’ award for his outstanding contribution to business leadership in the country and on the world stage.

Mr T V Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel, graced the occasion as Chief Guest while Mr Rajendra Prasad Singh, General Secretary, INTUC, was the Guest of Honour.  

Articulating the imperatives for success in a challenging business environment, Mr Chandrasekaran said; “Corporations must address environmental issues and sustainability while acknowledging the role of digital and artificial intelligence in co-existence with the human mind, and build additional skills around creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. There is a need to develop and participate in the creation of new ecosystems which are redefining the way business is done in an ever-evolving, geo-political environment.”

 

In his address, Mr. Rajendra Prasad Singh said; “It is indeed a momentous occasion today as Mr Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Executive Chairman, Tata Sons joins the illustrious list of recipients of the Michael John Memorial Lecture Award. On behalf of all my colleagues and union members my heartiest congratulations to Mr. Chandrasekaran”

 
Mr R Ravi Prasad, President Tata Workers’ Union and Chairman, Michael John Memorial Lecture Committee, said; “In the centenary year of the Tata Workers’ Union, it is a matter of pride and honour for us to award 
The 25th Michael John Memorial Lecture Gold Medal’ to Mr Chandrasekaran today. Indian industry has benefitted immensely from the leadership provided by Mr Chandrasekaran both in terms of positioning India on the world stage and creating sustainable business institutions in the country.”

Born on June 2, 1963 in Mohanur near Coimbatore in Tamilnadu, Mr Chandrasekaran completed his Masters in Computer Applications from Regional Engineering College, Trichy (now National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli) and joined Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in 1987 at a time when the IT industry in India was still at a nascent stage. With his hard work, dedication and professional commitment, Mr Chandrasekaran rose to take on the mantle of CEO at TCS in 2009. He joined the Board of Tata Sons in October 2016 and was appointed its Chairman in January 2017. Mr Chandrasekaran was also nominated as the Chairman of Indian IT industry body NASSCOM in 2015.

In addition to his professional career in the Tata Group, in 2016 Mr Chandrasekaran was appointed as a Director on the Board of Reserve Bank of India. In 2018, he was appointed to the International Advisory Council of Singapore’s Economic Development Board. He is also the Chairman of the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow as well as the President of the Court at Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. 
Mr Chandrasekaran has also served as the Chairperson of the Information and Communication Technology Industry Governors at the World Economic Forum, Davos, in 2015-16. 

Over the years, Mr Chandrasekaran has been the recipient of a series of awards and recognitions from a plethora of community and corporate organisations. They include, to mention a few, ‘Business Leader of the Year’ at the ET Awards for Corporate Excellence 2016, CNBC TV18 ‘Indian Business Icon’ 2014, CNBC-IBC Indian of the Year 2014 (Business Category) and Best CEO for 2013 and 2014 by Business Today, among others.

Additionally, Mr Chandrasekaran has received recognitions from several educational institutions of repute, including the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from his alma mater, NIT, Tiruchirapally. 

Ever since he has assumed the role of Executive Chairman, Tata Sons, Mr Chandrasekaran has refined the Tata Group corporate sustainability programme to focus on education, environmental sustainability, empowerment of the underprivileged, skill development and wellness. 

An avid marathon runner, he has participated in major running events across the world such as the Boston, Berlin, New York, Chicago, Amsterdam and Mumbai marathons. 

Earlier speakers at Michael John Memorial Lectures:

SL. No.

Year

Lecture by

Subject

1

1985

J. R. D. Tata, Former Chairman, Tata Steel

Working & Growing Together

2

1986

G. Ramanujam, Former President, INTUC

Towards New Culture

3

1987

L. K. Jha, Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance

Strategy for Full Employment

4

1988

Dr. P. P. Narayanan, President, ICFTU

Trade Union in the 21st Century - The Challenges Ahead

5

1989

S. K. Jain, Former Dy. Director General, ILO

Technology Employment and Quality of Work

6

1990

C. S. Dharmadhikari, Retd. Judge, Bombay High Court

Dignity of Labour 

7

1991

Dr. V Krishnamurthy, Former Chairman, Maruti Udyog Ltd.

Labour Management partnership for Global Competitiveness

8

1992

Russi Mody, Former Chairman & M D, Tata Steel

Probing into the Future

9

1993

R. Venkataraman, Former President of India

Labour Relation for Productivity & Quality

10

1994

V. G. Gopal, Former President of Tata Workers' Union

Trade Union- A Positive Factor of Nation Building

11

1995

Ratan Tata, Emeritus Chairman, Tata Steel

On Human Bonds & Value

12

1996

Gopeshwar, Former General Secretary, INTUC

Industrial Growth Scenario Today

13

1997

P. A. Sangma, Former Speaker of Lok Sobha

Trade Union Solidarity, Dignity of Labour

14

1998

Dr. J.J. Irani, Former MD, Tata Steel

The Role of Industrial Relation in the Changing Industrial Scenario

15

1999

R. P. Billimoria, Chairman & M.D. Billimoria, Consultant Pvt. Ltd.

Building & Sustaining Together Michael John Foot Steep

16

2000

Fr. E. H. Grath, Director, Human Life Centre, Balasore (Orissa)

Significant features of the world of work today

17

2001

Dr. Karan Singh, Former M.P.

Labour Management Relationship

18

2002

Prof. APJ Abdul Kalam Hon'ble President of India

Quality of Man

19

2003

B. Muthuraman, Former MD, Tata Steel

Tata Steel on Economic Value and Industrial Relation

20

2008

Oscar Fernandes, Former Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, GoI 

Importance of Technical Education

21

2009

S. K. Benjamin, Former President of TWU

Industrial Peace and Harmony

22

2010

H M Nerurkar, Former Managing Director, Tata Steel

Innovation, Education and Training

23

2011

Shri Prakash Jaiswal, Ex Union Minister, Coal

Cordial Relationship between TWU and Tata Steel Based on the Principle of Trusteeship

24

2018

Dr G Sanjeeva Reddy, President, INTUC

Future of Work

 

To commemorate the 100 years milestones of the Tata Workers Union, Mr Chandrasekaran also inaugurated the upgraded V. G. Gopal Heritage Gallery housed in the Tata Workers’ Union office premises.