Harish Bhat is the Brand Custodian at Tata Sons. He joined the Tata Group in 1987, as an officer in the Tata Administrative Service (TAS). Currently, he is the Chairman of Tata Coffee Limited. He is a Director on the Boards of several other Tata Companies, including Trent Ltd., Infiniti Retail Ltd., Tata Starbucks Ltd., Tata Unistore Ltd. and Tata AIA Life Insurance Company Limited.
During his career spanning over 33 years with the Tata Group, Harish has held several senior roles. These include stints as Managing Director of Tata Global Beverages Ltd., and as Chief Operating Officer of the Watches and Jewellery businesses of Titan Company Ltd. He has played a key role in the launch and nurturing of many iconic brands of the Tata Group, such as Titan, Fastrack, Tanishq and Tata Tea. He also played a key role in the successful turnaround of the Jewellery business, and in the milestone acquisition of Tetley.
Harish is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and IIM Ahmedabad. He won the IIM Ahmedabad Gold Medal for scholastic excellence in 1987. A decade later, he won the Chevening Scholarship for young managers, awarded by the British Government. In 2017, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from BITS Pilani.
He has strong professional interests in brands & marketing, consumer behaviour and business history. He has been a member of the Consumer Insights Panel of the Economic Development Board, Government of Singapore. In 2017, the Advertising Club and the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) felicitated him with the “Champions of Excellence” award, recognising three decades of creating successful brands, in partnership with the advertising industry.
Harish is passionate about writing and is a prolific writer who contributes regularly to various national newspapers, such as Hindu Business Line and Mint. He has three published books to his credit, including the national bestseller “Tata Log”, which narrates stories from the modern history of the Tata Group. Last year, he published his first book of fiction, titled “An extreme love of coffee”. This exciting new novel celebrates Indian coffee. In 2019, LinkedIn selected him as one of their Top Voices in India.