Tata group has made two significant leadership changes in two of its companies. The groups' investment holding company, Tata Sons, has appointed Sunil Sinha as resident director, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, while the other key appointment has been in the form of S Padmanabhan as executive chairman, Tata Quality Management Services (TQMS).
Sinha's appointment will also see Tata Sons collaborating with Tata International to set up an office in Dubai for the MENA region. The objective of the Dubai office, Tata Sons said in a statement, will be to further enhance and strengthen its engagement with all stakeholders in the MENA region.
"It will also facilitate business growth for Tata group companies, especially in focus sectors that are crucial to development in MENA and are of strategic interest to the group," said Tata Sons. The MENA office will report to Madhu Kannan, member, group executive council, Tata Sons.
Being with Tata group for over 31 years now, Sinha was most recently the CEO of Tata Quality Management Services (TQMS) where he was instrumental in driving the agenda of business excellence, management of business ethics, innovation, sustainability, corporate governance and safety in group companies.
Reporting directly to Cyrus P Mistry, chairman of Tata Sons, effective July 1, 2014, Padmanabhan will be responsible for driving the business excellence journey across the Tata group of companies globally. "This role will be integral to group initiatives in enhancing the performance of Tata companies through diagnostics, benchmarking and sharing best practices," Tata Sons said.
Starting his career with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Padmanabhan has been with the Tata group for over 32 years and has discharged several senior executive responsibilities across the group. Designated as executive director – operations at Tata Power since 2008, he is responsible for the profitable and sustainable operations of all Tata Power's thermal and hydro generation plants across India and transmission and distribution systems in Mumbai.