Mr. Noel N. Tata, Chairman- Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) is giving his utmost time to make FDDI a role model for leading the technological & infrastructural development in the leather, footwear, retail & allied industries.
Mr. Tata was appointed as the Chairman of FDDI by the Government of India, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Commerce in the month of March 2019. The new members of the Governing Council of FDDI have also been appointed by the Department of Commerce.
Mr. Noel N. Tata is currently the Managing Director of Tata International Limited, Chairman of Trent Limited, Voltas Ltd., and Vice Chairman of Titan Company Ltd. Before joining Tata International, he has worked with Trent Limited, Nestle (UK) and Tata Exports Limited (now Tata International Limited).
Having led Trent as Managing Director for more than 11 years, Mr. Tata was appointed the Vice Chairman of Trent Limited in 2012 and later as Chairman in 2014. He also took over as Managing Director of Tata International Limited in August 2010. Established in 1962, Tata International Limited is the premier trading arm of the Tata Group with presence in five key verticals: Leather and Leather products, Metals Trading, Minerals Trading, Agri Trading and Distribution. The company registered revenues in the region of USD 2 bn+ in FY 2017-18 and employs more than 10,000+ personnel spanning 25 countries in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and Asia.
In a meeting held on 24th April 2019, at his office located at Bombay House, 24 Homi Mody Street, Mumbai, Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director (MD), FDDI briefed him regarding activities undertaken by FDDI.
Chairman, FDDI also discussed the various schemes of the Government of India for the growth of the organized sector and also to support the artisans, cottage, small and medium enterprises.
He suggested that FDDI should focus on adopting new technologies of the footwear & allied sector in its course modules. He also gave valuable suggestions for the improvement of standards of teaching, research and collaboration programmes of the Institute across all the campuses. He also suggested that FDDI should explore the possibility of acting as Consultant for bringing in foreign companies to India in footwear sector.