We are deeply saddened at the demise of Padma Bhushan Dr. Jamshed J Irani, fondly known as the Steel Man of India. Tata Steel family offers its deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/gGIg9JgGMS— Tata Steel (@TataSteelLtd) October 31, 2022
T. V. Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel, pays his tribute to the steel man of India, Padma Bhushan Dr. Jamshed J Irani. pic.twitter.com/EhYioUmJGx— Tata Steel (@TataSteelLtd) November 1, 2022
He began his professional career in 1963 with the British Iron and Steel Research Association in Sheffield, but he always yearned to contribute to the advancement of the nation. In 1968, he returned to India to work for The Tata Iron and Steel Company (now Tata Steel), as it was then known, as an Assistant to the Director in charge of Research and Development.
In 1978, he was promoted to General Superintendent, General Manager in 1979, and President of Tata Steel in 1985. He was appointed as Tata Steel's Joint Managing Director in 1988 and Managing Director in 1992 before retiring in 2001.
He joined the Tata Steel Board of Directors in 1981 and served as a Non-Executive Director for a decade beginning in 2001. Dr Irani served as a Director of several Tata Group companies, including Tata Motors and Tata Teleservices, in addition to Tata Steel and Tata Sons.
In 1992-93, he was also the National President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).