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Tata Group veteran RK Krishnakumar, 84, passes away in Mumbai

Tata Group veteran RK Krishnakumar, 84, passes away in Mumbai

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MUMBAI: Tata Trusts’ trustee and Ratan Tata’s confidant, R Okay Krishna Kumar, handed away on Sunday night following a cardiac arrest at his house in Mumbai. He was 84.
KK, as he’s recognized within the Tata Group, felt uncomfortable after having a shower, and earlier than his physician Pravin Amin might attain his house, he died. He’s survived by his spouse, Ratna, son Ajit and grandson Arya. Ajit is the COO of Tata Client Merchandise. Ajit and his household have been within the Andaman & Nicobar Islands after they got here to know concerning the information.
KK was related to the Tata Group for nearly 60 years, having joined the group’s funding firm Tata Industries recent out of Presidency school, Chennai, in 1963. He subsequently moved to totally different Tata entities, together with Tata Client, Indian Accommodations (which runs the Taj chain) and Tata Sons.
The turning level in his profession got here in 1982, when he turned a part of the senior administration group at Tata Client and the place he began to have direct interactions with Ratan Tata. KK turned a part of Ratan Tata’s inside circle in the course of the Assam disaster in 1997, when some Tata Client staff have been held hostage by militant group Ulfa. He subsequently turned the VC of Tata Client & Indian Accommodations, director of Tata Sons and a trustee of Tata Trusts.
Whereas he retired from the board of Tata entities, he continued to be a trustee of Tata Trusts, the controlling shareholder of Tata Sons. A Padma Shri awardee, KK, amongst his many achievements that gained Tata Group worldwide acclaim, is greatest recognized for spearheading the 271-million-pound acquisition of British tea model Tetley in 2000, which catapulted Tata Client to the world’s No.2 tea participant and which set the stage for the conglomerate to strike a number of high-profile M&As globally.
A spiritual individual, KK supported the Tata Group throughout its assorted phases, mentioned a Tata old-timer.
Tata Trusts chairman Ratan Tata mentioned: “Phrases can’t describe the deep sense of loss I really feel on the passing of my pal and colleague R Okay Krishna Kumar. I’ll at all times fondly bear in mind the camaraderie we shared each throughout the group and personally.”
Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran mentioned, “I had the nice fortune of figuring out R Okay Krishna Kumar and what stood out was his deep sense of compassion as a human being. He at all times wished to assist the much less privileged and positively influence their lives.”
KK’s final rites might be carried out at Chandanwadi crematorium right here at 4.30 pm on Monday.

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