Prakash Telang has been an Independent Director at Persistent Systems since August 2010.
Prakash holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nagpur University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Prakash worked for three years with Larsen & Toubro. Thereafter, he joined the Tata Group through the prestigious Tata Administrative Service (TAS) in 1972, and retired in June 2012 after four decades of meritorious service as the Managing Director (India operations) at Tata Motors.
During his tenure at Tata Motors, he was involved in many new product developments in both the commercial vehicle and passenger vehicle space, and in setting up many greenfield plants both in India and abroad, as well as in major acquisitions abroad. He is also credited with a massive cost reduction drive which helped Tata Motors in a major turnaround about a decade earlier.
Prakash is the Chairman of Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Company, Kennametal India and TEMA India. He also serves as a Director on the Boards of Cummins India, SKF India, Tata Advanced Systems, Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures and Tata Aerospace Systems.
Prakash is married to Anjali and they have two daughters.