Mr. Ravi Kant is the Chairman of the advisory board at Cynosure Consultants.
He is among the few distinguished personalities from the corporate world who is recognized across the globe, with nearly 50 years of corporate experience across extractive, consumer durable and automobile industries. The recipient of many awards, Mr. Kant is often invited to diverse global platforms to share his knowledge on marketing, business and leadership, as a keynote speaker.
Mr. Kant served in different strategic positions at TATA Motors (TML) since 1999, as Managing Director and CEO from 2005 to 2009 and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, until 2014. He played a significant role in making TML an admired and successful Indian multinational company, while helping increase its revenue from US$1.5 to US$ 39.0 bn during those 15 years. He engineered the creation of the ground-breaking, low cost passenger vehicle Nano and the commercial vehicle ACE which revolutionised the market. He is also credited with the acquisition of Daewoo trucks of Korea as well as the iconic British brands Jaguar and Land Rover. He has also chaired and held seats on several TATA company boards viz. TATA Industries, Voltas, TATA Advance Materials Ltd, Jaguar Land Rover, TATA Daewoo, TATA Motors (Spain & Thailand), TATA Cummins etc.
Mr. Kant played a key role in turning around a loss making scooter company (LML Vespa) as the Director (Marketing), rejuvenating a stagnant consumer electronics business (Philips) as its Director Consumer Electronics, and creating a highly valued Indian fashion accessory brand (Titan) in the position of Vice President (Marketing).
Mr. Kant has chaired the Advertising Standards Council of India, National Readership Studies Council, the Indian Audit Bureau of Circulation and the Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers (SIAM), in the past and also been the Executive member of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).
Mr. Kant currently serves on the boards of Helsinki based Kone Limited (one of the top elevator companies in the world), and Hawkins Cookers Ltd, a well-known consumer durable company in India. He is a member of the advisory boards at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Mumbai & IIT Kharagpur), Accenture India and is the Chairman advisory board of AkhandJyoti Hospital, one of the largest eye organisations in India. He is also a distinguished professor at IIT Kharagpur and a visiting leader at China Europe International Business School, Shanghai (CEIBS).
Mr. Kant takes active interest both in the education as well as the health areas. He was member of the governing board of Enactus (a non-profit US organisation), New York based WonderWork (supports surgeries for blindness, burns and club foot across the world) and Smile Train (an international cleft lip & palate charity organization). He was the Chairman of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Rohtak, and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Allahabad as well as a board member at National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad, Centre of Extractive Industry at the Earth Institute University of Columbia, and the Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) at National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. He was an Industrial Professor at the University of Warwick UK .
Mr. Kant studied at Mayo College, Ajmer, received his Bachelor of Technology (Honours) in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India and Master of Science ( Management Techniques in Industry), Aston University, in the UK. He has been conferred with a distinguished Alumnus Award by the first two and an honorary Doctor of Science (Honorary Causa) from Aston University, in the UK.
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