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N. Chandrasekaran addresses Tata Motors staff, urges them to push for growth

LiveMint logoLiveMint 02-04-2017 Shally Seth Mohile

Tata Sons Ltd executive chairman N. Chandrasekaran, in his first address of the new fiscal year, exalted Tata Motors Ltd employees to make Tata Motors a brand that finds resonance at homes as well as internationally, said a person who attended the meet.

Delivering his inaugural address to the 25,000-odd employees of Tata Motors, including overseas subsidiaries, Chandrasekaran said, “It’s upon us to change the game and get to a high which we’ve been used to in the past.”

Chandrasekaran’s remarks come against the backdrop of the recent resurgence in Tata Motors’ passenger vehicles business on the back of new model launches including the Tiago hatchback and the Hexa cross-over.

The firm is hoping for a strong comeback in India’s competitive passenger vehicle market, with a robust pipeline of new models.

Chandrasekaran stressed on the need to pay greater attention to product, quality, features and sales, saying, “Growth is the source of energy. When growth comes, everybody talks about us and people get excited.”

The turnaround of the domestic business of Tata Motors has been on top of Chandrasekaran’s agenda since he took charge of the $103 billion conglomerate on 21 February. In the five weeks since his appointment as executive chairmant, he has dedicated the maximum time to Tata Motors and has visited the plant thrice, Chandrasekaran said.

“Business is about consistency,” he said, adding that Tata Motors has been applauded in the past but it’s been facing criticism lately. Among other reasons, he attributed the undoing of the passenger vehicle business to gaps in products and delayed launches.

He applauded company’s UK subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc. “JLR had an excellent year and the business is continuing to see success and launching great products.”

“We’ll get to a new high,” Chandra said, adding that he would support the management team of Tata Motors “to get to this moment”.

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