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Jamshed J Irani
J J Irani: The change agent of Tata Steel
In December 1993, the University of Sheffield conferred upon him an honorary doctorate in metallurgy.

At its annual general body meeting held in July 1996, the Royal Academy of Engineering, London, elected Dr Irani as a 'foreign member' – one of the five Indians to have been bestowed with this honour.


In October 1997, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II conferred on Dr Irani an Honorary Knighthood (KBE) in New Delhi, for his contributions to Indo-British Trade and Co-operation.

Dr Irani began his career in 1963 as Senior Scientific Officer at BISRA, Sheffield. In 1968 he joined The Tata Iron and Steel Company Ltd. (TISCO) as assistant to director, Research & Development.

He was appointed general superintendent in 1978, general manager in 1979, president in 1985 and managing director in 1992. After holding the CEO's office for almost a decade, he retired as the managing director of Tata Steel in July 2001.
He continues as a director on the board of Tata Steel.

In Tata Steel, he overhauled the "old lady" and transformed it into the sophisticated steel company it is today, both in physical form and attitude. He is looked upon as the 'change agent' which has made the steel behemoth a force to be reckoned with in the steel manufacturing world. Tata Steel is now recognised as one of the lowest cost producers of steel in the world, and also known for its sophisticated products manufactured in modern up-to-date mills.

Dr Irani is the recipient of a number of awards recognising his contributions to the company and industry. Prominent among them are:
Ernst & Young's Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2001 for entrepreneurial success.
Twelfth Willy Korf Steel Vision Award from World Steel Dynamics and American Metal Market
Qimpro Platinum Standard in November 2000
Indian Merchants' Chamber's Juran Quality Medal for 2001, for his role as a statesman for quality
The Government of India's inaugural National Metallurgist Award in 1997 for his extraordinary achievements in the field of metallurgical industry

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