Farewell to Ratan Tata
A special retirement dinner was hosted in late January by the Jaguar Land Rover Executive Committee to pay tribute to Mr Ratan N Tata and to show their deep appreciation of his commitment to the company during his leadership of the Tata Group.
The JLR ECM gathered with Mr Tata and his successor Mr Cyrus P Mistry at the Heritage Motor Centre, where the Jaguar Heritage gallery area had been chosen as the venue for the reception and dinner. Some iconic Land Rover products had been moved into the gallery alongside the Jaguars to create an impressive display of heritage vehicles – a combination of brands and models that provided the foundations for decades of innovation in the automotive industry. The informal event included speeches from Mr Ratan Tata, Mr Cyrus Mistry and JLR CEO, Dr Ralf Speth. Dr Speth also presented Mr Tata with a commemorative gift of a special limited-edition, framed, Jaguar E-type steering wheel, which had been organised by Jaguar Heritage. Dr Speth said, “Without Ratan Tata, JLR would not exist today. He saw the potential of our two brands and, through the worst storms of the economic downturn, he was personally responsible for injecting investment into Jaguar Land Rover. We thank Mr Tata for his forward-looking vision and personal commitment to our business, his trust and massive contribution to our growing success and innovation. Mr Ratan Tata retires with the respect and gratitude of each and every one of us – we owe much to his thoughtful and inspirational leadership.”