Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran is planning to keep group veteran Rajesh Gopinathan on board after the expiry of his notice period as TCS CEO and MD. Gopinathan is set to relinquish the helm of Tata Consultancy Services on September 15. However, Chandrasekaran has held discussions with him regarding continuing in the advisory role.
Both TCS and Tata Sons declined to comment on the news. However, an unnamed source has revealed that preliminary talks have taken place as the Tata boss needs reliable and experienced hands to manage the group’s diverse initiatives in technology verticals.
“Chandrasekaran has held discussions with Gopinathan for his engagement with the Tata group in an advisory role after the notice period expires on September 15. Preliminary discussions have taken place,” the source was quoted as saying.
On the other hand, the outgoing CEO of TCS has said that he has no immediate plans to join the Ratan Tata-led group in advisory roles. “As far as advisory roles are concerned, my respect for advisors is growing exponentially. So, I will see if anything comes out of it. But there are no plans as of now,” he was quoted as saying.
Chandrasekaran and Gopinathan have worked with each other for nearly 25 years. The Tata boss appreciates the contribution of the outgoing TCS boss in the growth of the IT giant. Under Gopinathan, the brand value of TCS has increased by 212 per cent to $45.5 billion in the last two years.