Tata group has hired Bank of America dealmaker Ankur Verma, bringing in its first major outside recruit since N. Chandrasekaran took over as chairman
Bank of America Merrill Lynch dealmaker Ankur Verma joined the Tata group on Tuesday, in the first top hire by new chairman N. Chandrasekaran who took the reins of the $103 billion group last month.
Bloomberg was the first to report the development.
“His most recent role was as a managing director (investment banking division) with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He (Verma) brings with him extensive experience in the areas of corporate planning, strategy, investment banking and mergers & acquisitions," a Tata Sons spokesperson said, declining to share his designation.
Ankur Verma is a graduate in mechanical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and did a postgraduate diploma in management from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Chandrasekaran, who headed the group’s IT services business at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd till last month, took over as chairman of Tata Sons Ltd, the holding company of the Tata group on 21 February, after former chairman Cyrus Mistry was ousted by the board following differences with ex-chairman Ratan Tata.
Chandrasekaran’s first hire being a dealmaker could be a sign that the group’s divestment exercise will continue under the new chairman.
Under Mistry, the Tata group had embarked on a major divestment plan, spanning across various businesses including telecom, steel and chemicals. The divestments of Mistry’s tenure were in stark contrast to his predecessor Ratan Tata’s regime, which saw the group expand its wings across the globe aggressively.