Tata Steel removes Cyrus Mistry, appoints OP Bhatt as interim chairman

Tata Steel on Friday said its board has removed Cyrus Mistry as the steel giant's chairman and appointed independent director OP Bhatt in his place

PTI November 25, 2016 20:59:43 IST
Tata Steel removes Cyrus Mistry, appoints OP Bhatt as interim chairman

New Delhi: Tata Steel on Friday said its board has removed Cyrus Mistry as the steel giant's chairman and appointed independent director OP Bhatt in his place.

Earlier on 11 November, Tata Steel said its board took note of the leadership changes at Tata Sons and had received a special notice from the promoter and principal shareholder to convene an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) for removal of Cyrus Mistry and Nusli Wadia as its directors.

Tata Steel removes Cyrus Mistry appoints OP Bhatt as interim chairman

A file image of OP Bhatt. AFP Photo

"The board of directors through circular resolutions dated 25 November passed by majority consent, has decided to replace Cyrus P Mistry as chairman of the board with immediate effect and elected O P Bhatt, an independent director as the chairman of the board," it said in a regulatory filing.

Bhatt, former chairman of India's largest commercial bank State Bank of India, will serve as chairman till the outcome of the EGM, it added.

The firm said Bhatt has been appointed the chairman "keeping in mind principles of good corporate governance and to provide impartial leadership to the company in its preparation and conduct of the EGM".

This decision was taken to also ensure stability to the company and in the larger interest of Tata Steel's stakeholders, including but not limited to employees, trading partners, financial stakeholders and local community around its operations, it added.

Besides, in a separate filing, the company said its board has convened the EGM on 21 December for removal of Cyrus Mistry and Nusli Wadia as directors of the company.

The board at its meeting held on 25 November decided to convene an EGM pursuant to the Special Notice & Requisition dated 10 November received from Tata Sons.

Tata Sons holds 29.75 percent stake in the firm.

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