Ratan Tata, the 80-year-old Indian industrialist who swept up Jaguar Land Rover 10 years ago while chairman of Tata Group, strolled through the JLR stand in Geneva this month with a small entourage — and for a while went almost unnoticed.
When JLR CEO Ralf Speth spotted him, he rushed over to shake Tata's hand and told a reporter: "Here is the man who makes everything possible."
In turn, Tata said of Speth: "No — this is the man."
JLR's success since passing from Ford to Tata Group has made Ratan Tata a hero inside the British automaker.
Tata said he had not been to the Geneva show for a few years, but it wasn't his first visit.
"I came here 20 years ago to announce us as the first Indian company on the international scene," he said. "We've come a long way since then."