Ratan Tata has returned to head the Indian conglomerate that bears his name after the mysterious removal of Cyrus Mistry – his replacement just four years ago.
There is no word on why Mistry has been removed from running from the Tata group that controls firms ranging from carmaker Jaguar Land Rover, to steel mills, to airlines, to internet technology and the tea company Tetley.
Mistry was charged with reorganising the 148-year-old organisation.
He has recently been fighting various problems that he mostly inherited, including a costly settlement with Japanese telecoms operator NTT Docomo and the sale of Tata’s hugely loss-making steel business at Port Talbot in South Wales, Britain.
Ratan Tata, who is 78 years old, will be a caretaker chairman as the company searches for a new boss, a task it said would be completed within four months.
Hours after the decision was released, the Times of India reported that Mistry was taking legal action in response to his being ousted.