Harish Bhat is a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC) of Tata Sons. He joined the Tata Group in 1987, as an officer in the Tata Administrative Service.
He is a director on the boards of several Tata companies, including Tata Global Beverages, Tata Coffee, Trent, Tata Starbucks, NourishCo and Infiniti Retail. Prior to his appointment as a member of the GEC, he was the Managing Director and CEO of Tata Global Beverages.
During his career of 27 years with the TATA Group, Mr. Bhat has served several senior roles. These include stints as chief operating officer of the watches and jewellery businesses of Titan Company, and in the telecom business of the group. He has played a key role in proposing many strategic plans over the past two decades, including the launch and nurturing of many iconic brands, the successful turnaround of the jewellery business, as well as the acquisition of Tetley.
Mr. Bhat is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and IIM Ahmedabad, graduating at the top of his class in both institutions, and winning IIM Ahmedabad’s gold medal for scholastic excellence. In 1997, he won the Chevening Scholarship for young managers, awarded by the British Government. He has strong professional interests in strategy, consumer behaviour, business economics and business history. He is a member of the Consumer Insights Panel of the Economic Development Board, Government of Singapore. He has also represented the TATA Group on the executive committee of the World Federation of Advertisers.
Mr. Bhat is passionate about writing, and is a prolific writer who contributes regularly to various publications. In 2012, his first book was published by Penguin. Titled Tata Log, the book narrates stories from the modern history of the TATA Group, set to an overarching theme.