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Ratan N. Tata receives honoris causa degree from HEC Paris

23 April 2015

Ratan N. Tata, chairman of Tata Trusts, has been awarded an HEC Paris honoris causa degree at a special ceremony held on campus. Mr Tata is the first industry leader from Asia to be awarded such a distinction from HEC Paris.

The HEC honoris causa degree has been awarded to exceptional heads of states (Mikhail Gorbatchev, Helmut Kohl and Romano Prodi) and corporate leaders (Bill Gates, Jeffrey Immelt, and Samuel Palmisano) among others. With the success of the Tata Group—and its contribution to India—under his leadership, Mr Tata is a role model for multinational companies in emerging markets. He is equally well-known for his charisma, vision and personal ethics.

A business school that admits highly talented young people from all over the world, HEC Paris wanted to showcase Ratan Tata's charismatic leadership to its students. A year ago, Mr Tata had accepted an invitation from Sumeet Anand, Chair of the HEC Alumni chapter in India, extended on behalf of HEC Paris, in the presence of Laurent Fabius, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs.

During the honoris causa ceremony, Mr Tata shared his vision of leadership and experience of strategic management, and participated in a lively Q&A session with faculty and students.

The ceremony was hosted by Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean of HEC Paris, in the presence of  Arun K. Singh, the Ambassador of India, Jean-Paul Vermès, Vice President of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Mireille Faugère, President of HEC Alumni.

Mr Tata was chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, from 1991 until his retirement in December 2012. During his tenure, the group’s revenues grew manifold, totaling over $100bn in 2011-12. The Tata Group operates in 56 countries and hires more than 500,000 employees across 100 companies, including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services and Tata Power, as well as famous global brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, and Tetley.

HEC Paris and India

HEC Paris has recruited students and professors from India since 1982. Today, several professors and 150 students from India are at HEC across all degree programs: the Grande Ecole and Masters programs, the MBA the Executive MBA and the PhD program. HEC Paris has signed partnership agreements with the most prestigious Indian business schools, three of the IIM’s: Ahmedabad (double-degree agreement between the HEC Master in Management and IIM-A’s PGP program), Bangalore and Calcutta; as well as the Indian School of Business.

About HEC Paris:

Specializing in management education and research, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of educational programs for the leaders of tomorrow: Masters programs, MBAs, PhDs, Executive MBAs, TRIUM Global Executive MBAs, and open-enrolment and custom executive education programs.

Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC is itself a founding member of ParisTech and Université Paris Saclay. It boasts a permanent faculty of 110 professors, more than 4,000 students and over 8,500 managers and executives in training each year.

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