Tata Sons chairman Chandrasekaran bestowed with France's highest civilian award
The award was conferred on Chandrasekaran, 59, on Tuesday at the Foreign Ministry in Paris by Minister
He was accompanied by his wife Lalitha and son Pranav.
"Dear Natarajan Chandrasekaran, you are a true friend of France," Ambassador of France to India, Emmanuel Lenain tweeted.
The Legion of Honour is the highest French order of merit, both civil and military. It was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.
France is one of India's largest scientific partners, with over 25 R&D centres, 15 joint Indo-French research laboratories, and 500 collaborative projects in the country.
There are currently 10 Tata group companies operating in France, according to Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI) Director General Payal S. Kanwar.
"The Tata family has deep-rooted ties with France right from JRD Tata who was half French and born in Paris to
Last year, Chandrasekaran got a five-year extension as the chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company and promoter of more than 100 Tata operating companies with aggregate annual revenues of more than $100 billion.
AdvertisementHe also chairs the boards of several group operating companies, including Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Global Beverages, Indian Hotels Company and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), of which he was chief executive from 2009-17.
In addition to his professional career at Tata, Chandra was also appointed as a director on the board of India's central bank, the Reserve Bank of India, in 2016.
He was appointed on the International Advisory Council of Singapore's Economic Development Board in 2018.
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