Know About The ‘Outsider’ Who Made His Way To The Top Post At Tata Group

In a shocking incident, Cyrus Mistry was killed in a road accident on Sunday. The accident of the businessman, who was the younger son of Indian billionaire and construction magnate late Pallonji Mistry, took place when he was travelling from Ahmedabad to Mumbai. In his career, Cyrus Mistry has been at the key positions of the corporates in India — from being the managing director of construction giant Shapoorji Pallonji Group to taking over as the chairman of Tata Sons in 2012, succeeding Ratan Tata.

Mistry (54) was born on July 4, 1968, to a Parsi family in Mumbai. He did his graduation in civil engineering from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London in 1990. He completed a Master’s degree in management from the London Business School in 1996.

Cyrus Mistry had joined the Shapoorji Pallonji Group in 1991 as a director. has been managing director of Shapoorji Pallonji & Company, which is part of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, and also chairman of Tata Sons and of the Tata Group.

He joined Tata Sons’ board in September 2006, after his father retired from it. Earlier, Cyrus Mistry had held non-executive positions on boards of several other Tata companies.

Mistry In November 2011 was appointed deputy chairman of the Tata Group, with the goal of taking over as chairman a year later, upon the retirement of Ratan Tata, who had headed the conglomerate since 1991. He then took over the top post in 2012, the first in the company’s history not to be a blood relative of the Tata family.

Mistry was the second person from outside the Tata family to head the group in the past 142 years of its inception. Cyrus Mistry could retain his post for just four years till 2016, when we was removed in a boardroom coup led by Tata Trusts. The Trusts owned 66 per cent of Tata Sons and was controlled by Ratan Tata.

In December 2016, two Mistry family-backed investment firms – Cyrus Investments Pvt Ltd and Sterling Investments Corporation Pvt Ltd – had moved the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), alleging mismanagement by Tata Sons. In February 2017, Mistry was removed as a director on the board of Tata Sons, the holding company of Tata Group firms.

In a court battle, the Supreme Court in 2021 ruled that the removal of Cyrus from the Tatas was legal. It also upheld Tata Sons’ rules on minority shareholder rights.

After his tenure at Tatas, Mistry then set up his new venture capital firm, Mistry Ventures LLP.

Mistry was married to Rohika Chagla, the daughter of lawyer Iqbal Chagla. His elder brother, Shapoor Mistry, is married to Behroze Sethna, the daughter of lawyer Rusi Sethna. His sisters, Laila and Aloo are married to Rustom Jehangir and Noel Tata, the half-brother of Ratan Tata, respectively.

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