Mistry out, Ishaat Hussain named interim TCS chief
Tata Sons has removed Cyrus Mistry as chairman of India’s largest software services firm, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), and has called a special shareholders meeting to do the same in the hospitality firm that runs the Taj Group of Hotels.
Weeks after ousting him as Chairman of Tata Sons - the holding company of the USD 100-billion Tata Group, Mistry has been replaced as the head of TCS, the crown jewel in the Tata conglomerate portfolio, with Ishaat Hussain as interim chair.
Tata Sons, which holds a 73.26 per cent stake in TCS, has called an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders “to consider a resolution for the removal of Cyrus P Mistry as Director of the Company,” the software firm said in a regulatory filing.
Besides, a similar shareholder meeting of Indian Hotels Company Ltd, where Tata Sons holds 28.01 per cent, has been called to seek removal of Mistry as director of the company.
TCS said it has has received a letter dated November 9, 2016 from Tata Sons Ltd nominating Hussain as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company in place of Mistry with immediate effect. “In view of this, Mistry has ceased to be the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company and Hussain is the new chairman of the company,” TCS said.
Hussain, a director of several Tata companies, including Tata Steel and air conditioning and engineering arm Voltas Ltd, will remain TCS chairman until a permanent new replacement is done.
He currently serves as chairman of Voltas and satellite television provider Tata Sky.
“Tata Sons has issued a special notice under Section 169 read with Section 115 of the Companies Act, 2013 and a requisition for convening an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of the company under Section 100(2) of the Companies Act, 2013 to consider a resolution for the removal of Cyrus P Mistry as Director of the Company,” TCS added.