21 Apr 2014
Spirit of philanthropy advances Executive EducationTopics:
During his 50-year career, Tata Group chairman emeritus Ratan Tata (AMP 71, 1975) has become one of India’s most respected business leaders. As head of the Tata Trusts, he is also a champion of philanthropic efforts supporting educational programs, social and community initiatives, and aid for the underprivileged.
“It has been the DNA of the organization to play a role in the community,” says Tata of his family’s company, the Tata Group, which he led as chairman from 1991 to 2012. The multinational conglomerate comprises more than 100 companies operating in 80 countries.
This generous spirit also extends to HBS, which received a $50 million gift to fund a new residential learning center for its Executive Education Program. Tata—recalling that his studies at the School’s Advanced Management Program were “the most important 13 weeks of my life”—hopes the newly opened Tata Hall will transform and increase the perspectives of participants.
"Harvard Business School is the preeminent place to be exposed to the world's best thinking on management and leadership,” says Tata. “We are pleased that this gift will support the School's educational mission to mold the next generation of global business leaders.”
(Published April 2014)
Class of AMP 71