Group Head Business Development and Public Affairs at Tata Sons
Mr. Kannan joined the Tata Group in May 2012. He is currently the Group Head – Business Development and Public Affairs at Tata Sons. He is also a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC) formed by Tata Sons. The GEC provides strategic and operational support to the Chairman of Tata Sons.
Mr. Kannan is a Director on the Boards of several Tata Companies including Tata AIG General Insurance Company Ltd., Tata AIA Life Insurance Co. Ltd. and Tata Business Support Services Ltd.
Prior to joining the Tata Group, Mr. Kannan was the Managing Director & CEO of the Bombay Stock Exchange – having taken over that role in 2009 as one of the youngest CEOs of a Stock Exchange globally.
In his previous stint he was Managing Director in the Corporate Strategy Group of Bank of America -Merrill Lynch. He joined Merrill Lynch in March 2008 as a Managing Director (Strategy and Business Development). In this role he focused on the development and execution of key strategic initiatives for Merrill Lynch in the emerging markets of Asia and Middle-East & North Africa (MENA) and the Global Sovereign Wealth Funds Group.
Mr. Kannan was also Senior Vice President at NYSE Euronext. During his stint at NYSE Euronext, he has served in various senior roles across a range of businesses including Vice President, Corporate Client Group, Head of International Listings (Asia Pacific Region), and Managing Director, International Strategy and Business Development of the Exchange.
Mr. Kannan earned his undergraduate degree B.E. (Hons.) in Electrical and Electronics, M.Sc (Hons.), in Economics from BITS, Pilani, India and an M.B.A. in Finance from Vanderbilt University, USA.
Mr. Kannan was nominated as a Young Global Leader in 2007 by the World Economic Forum (WEF), based in Geneva, Switzerland.