The board of Tata International Ltd, the global trading and distribution company, named G.K. Pillai as chairman of the company with effect from 26 September 2014.

He succeeds B. Muthuraman who retires from the Tata group, Tata International said in a statement.

Pillai is a retired Indian Administrative Service officer (1972 batch) from the Kerala cadre and an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

Pillai has previously held the positions of home secretary, commerce secretary and justice secretary.