OREANDA-NEWS. Tata Sons today announced the appointment of Mr. S. Padmanabhan as Executive Chairman of Tata Quality Management Services (TQMS), reporting to the Chairman of Tata Sons, Mr. Cyrus P Mistry, effective July 1, 2014. He will be responsible for driving the Business Excellence journey across the Tata group of companies globally. This role will be integral to group initiatives in enhancing the performance of Tata companies through diagnostics, benchmarking and sharing best practices.

Mr. Padmanabhan has been with the Tata group for over 32 years, after starting his career with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He has discharged several senior executive responsibilities across the group. He is the Executive Director - Operations of Tata Power since 2008 and is responsible for the profitable and sustainable operations of all Tata Power's thermal and hydro generation plants across India and transmission and distribution systems in Mumbai. He is on the Boards of other companies like Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, Tata Power Trading Company Limited, Industrial Energy Limited, Maithon Power Limited, Powerlinks Transmission Limited, Trust Energy Resources Pte. Ltd, Tata Consulting Engineers and Infiniti Retail.

Prior to joining Tata Power, Mr. Padmanabhan was the Executive Director of TCS. During his 26-year career in TCS, he has held responsible roles such as Director - HR, Head of Software Delivery Centre, Country Head of Switzerland, and CEO of its joint venture with Singapore Airlines. He has wide international experience in project management, customer management and managing a diverse global workforce, and has worked on global assignments for over two decades. He also played a lead role during the TCS IPO and has represented TCS in several external forums.

Mr. Padmanabhan is a Glaxo Marketing Scholar Medalist, a distinguished alumnus from IIM Bangalore and a Gold Medalist and distinguished alumnus from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. He has completed the Advanced Management Programme at the Harvard Business School. He is also a life member of Computer Society of India (CSI) and a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).