S Jaishankar, former foreign secretary of India (Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Tata Sons Names Ex-Foreign Secretary Jaishankar As Global Corporate Affairs Head

Tata Sons today announced the appointment of former Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar as Tata Group’s president of global corporate affairs.

Jaishankar will report to Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran, the company said in a statement. "In his new role, he will be responsible for the Tata group's global corporate affairs and international strategy development and Tata Sons' international offices will report to him," it added.

Jaishankar, who was Indian foreign secretary from January 2015 to January 2018, will work with Tata companies to help them strengthen their business presence and positioning in their respective geographies globally, Tata Sons said.

Commenting on the appointment, Chandrasekaran said, "His extensive experience and knowledge on international affairs will be very valuable to the group as we work to reinforce our brand and leadership globally."

Jaishankar joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977 and held key roles during his career, including stints as High Commissioner to Singapore, Ambassador to China and the United States. He also played a key role in negotiating the Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear agreement, the statement said.

A graduate of St Stephen’s College, Jaishankar is an MA in Political Science and an MPhil and PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University.