Jamshedpur, Nov 1: Emotions ran high at the funeral of the ‘Steel Man of India’ Padma Bhushan Dr Jamshed J Irani, former managing director of Tata Steel. He passed away on October 31, 2022 at 10 pm at TMH, Jamshedpur.
The final journey of the corporate icon started at his residence in Northern Town on a flower-bedecked hearse to Parvati Ghat in Bistupur. Well-known names from corporate, political and social fields comprising TV Narendran, CEO and managing director, Tata Steel, former CM Raghubar Das, Chanakya Chaudhary, vice president, corporate services, Tata Steel, senior Congress leader Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu, Vijay Anand Moonka, president, Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and others.
Dr Irani was associated with Tata Steel for over four decades. He retired from the board of Tata Steel in June 2011, leaving behind a legacy of 43 years, which won him and the Company international acclaim in various fields.
Born on June 2, 1936 at Nagpur to Jiji Irani and Khorshed Irani, Dr Irani completed his Bachelor of Science degree from Science College, Nagpur in 1956 and Master of Science degree in Geology from the Nagpur University in 1958. He then went to the University of Sheffield in UK as a J N Tata scholar where he secured a Masters in Metallurgy in 1960 and a PhD in Metallurgy in 1963.
He started his professional career with the British Iron and Steel Research Association in Sheffield in 1963 but always yearned to contribute to the Nation’s progress and returned to India to join the then The Tata Iron and Steel Company (now Tata Steel) in 1968, as Assistant to the Director in-charge of Research and Development.
He went on to become General Superintendent in 1978, General Manager in 1979, and President of Tata Steel in 1985. He then became Joint Managing Director of Tata Steel in 1988, Managing Director in 1992 before retiring in 2001.
He joined the Board of Tata Steel in 1981 and was also a Non-Executive Director from 2001 for a decade. Besides Tata Steel and Tata Sons, Dr Irani also served as a Director of several Tata Group companies, including Tata Motors and Tata Teleservices.
Dr Irani is survived by his wife Daisy Irani and his three children, Zubin, Niloufer and Tanaaz.
Dr Irani transformed Tata Steel: Narendran
In his message, TV Narendran, CEO and managing director, Tata Steel said: “Dr Irani transformed Tata Steel in the nineties and made us one of the lowest cost steel producers in the World . He helped build a strong foundation on which we grew in the subsequent decades. He was one of the pioneers of the TQM movement in the country. He led with courage and conviction and was a role model and mentor for many in Tata Steel then and now. The employees of Tata Steel past and present are indebted to his leadership during turbulent times.”