N Venkataramani, CMD of India Pistons is no more

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on August 02, 2020

N Venkataramani

Pioneer of auto parts sector, with compassion, humility as his USP

A person of integrity. A compassionate and empathetic leader. Someone with a lots of humility. That is how peers, friends and well wishers recalled N Venkataramani (80), Chairman & Managing Director of India Pistons, part of the Amalgamations Group, who passed away on Saturday due to illness.

For over five decades Venkataramani, son-in-law of Amalgamations Group’s Founder S Anantharamakrishnan, helmed the affairs at India Pistons and during this time he was instrumental in creating several new ventures including some with foreign collaboration.

He was a Fellow of The Institute of Mechanical Engineers having completed his Masters from Imperial College, London.

“Venkataramani respected the legacy and values of the Amalgamations Group. He was always keen to address the opportunities and challenges of the evolving future. He was a person of integrity and fairness in all his approaches. He had an excellent relationship with colleagues and employees. We deeply value his immense contribution to the Group,” said A Krishnamoorthy, Group Chairman, The Amalgamations Group.

Venkataramani also served as the Chairman of IP Rings and George Oakes and was on the board of Group companies such as Bimetal Bearings, Amalgamations VALEO & Stanadyne. He firmly believed that there is no HR issue that cannot be resolved by mutual discussion. His understanding of the expectations of workmen made him their greatest friend even in conflicting situations. “A compassionate and empathetic leader, he drew people to him in an embracing style. He was hugely popular with management teams and labour alike. His open-mindedness defined him. Ever encouraging of younger generations, he was a mentor to many,” said Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman & Managing Director, TAFE.

Venkataramani was also acknowledged for his contribution as President of MCCI, ACMA, Employers Federation of India, and his support to professional bodies such as SAE, NIQR, etc. He was a keen sportsman and lover of sports. India Pistons is known for its cricket team as much as for its engineered products.

Published on August 01, 2020

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