Tuesday, June 18, 2013

For Ramadorai, a new flight path

Mumbai: As Subramanian Ramadorai prepares for another long-haul in the corporate world, industry expects he will recreate the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) success story with low-cost carrier AirAsia India.
After a career spanning four decades with TCS, the 67-year-old Ram, as he is popularly known, continues as vice-chairman of the country’s largest software exporter.
On Monday, Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia appointed him chairman of its India operations, expected to be launched by the year end.
He retired as TCS’ CEO and MD in October 2009, after 14 years at the helm, having transformed the Tata group company into a software giant.
S. Mahalingam, former CFO at TCS, told Business Line that Ramadorai is a very effective leader, a hands-on person who gets into details. From a governance point of view, he will make sure the right processes are put into place.
“Ram is good at mentoring the next generation of leaders, as is evident from the management bandwidth at TCS, most of which was created during his time as CEO,” Mahalingam, said, adding that Ram delegates work and ensures that people are empowered so the right results can be achieved.
17/06/13 Rajesh Kurup/Adith Charlie/Business Line