Board of directors


Mr S Padmanabhan

Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director

Mr S Padmanabhan

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Tata Chemicals Limited in December 2016, Mr Padmanabhan is currently heading the Tata Business Excellence Group (TBExG) and the Tata Group Ethics function. Heading the TBExG, he is responsible for enabling the Business Excellence journey of Tata companies globally. This role is integral to Group initiatives in enhancing the performance of Tata companies through diagnostics, benchmarking and sharing of best practices. Under his leadership, TBExG helps companies leverage data and process excellence.

His career with Tata group companies began with Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS) in 1982 and spans over 35 years. During his 26-year stint in TCS, he held roles such as Executive Director of Human Resources, Head of Application Development and Maintenance, Head of Airlines Practice, Country Manager, TCS Switzerland and position of Executive Director.

Mr Padmanabhan was also the Executive Director-Operations of Tata Power from 6th February 2008 to 30th June 2014, and was responsible for the profitable and sustainable operations of all thermal and hydro generation plants across India and transmission and distribution systems in Mumbai. He was also on the boards of the operating subsidiaries of the company.

Mr Padmanabhan was also the Group Chief Human Resources Officer at Tata Sons. He has a distinguished academic record in the technical and management domain from reputable institutions. He is a Glaxo Marketing Scholar Medallist, a Distinguished Alumnus from IIM Bangalore, and a Gold Medallist and a Distinguished Alumnus from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. He has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He is also a life member of CSI, Senior Member of IEEE.

Mr Padmanabhan is a Director on the Board of Tata Chemicals Limited, Infiniti Retail Limited, Air Vistara and The Associated Building Company Limited.