We are delighted to welcome David Landsman OBE, Director of Tata Limited, to Edinburgh on the 7th of March.
Tata Limited represents the group in Europe and is responsible for Business Development, Corporate Affairs and a range of commercial and other services for the group. The company provides support to the 19 Tata companies across the UK, including Tata Steel, Jaguar Land Rover, TCS, Tata Global Beverages (including Tetley Tea), Tata Chemicals and Taj Hotels.
Dr Landsman joined Tata Limited from a career in the British Diplomatic Service. He has served in a number of positions in London and overseas, including as ambassador to Albania and, until January 2013, as ambassador to Greece. He also spent two years on secondment as international affairs advisor at De La Rue Identity Systems.
Landsman’s job – his official title is executive director, Tata Limited, but he describes himself as ‘the geography head of Europe’ – is to bring unity and common purpose to Tata Europe, to look for commercial and organisational synergies, to exploit the economies of scale and to join the strategic dots in ways that colleagues within each business might lack the time or ‘big picture’ inclination to do themselves.