Tuesday saw the appointments of Siddharth Sharma as the Trusts’ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Aparna Uppaluri as the Trusts’ Chief Operating Officer by Tata Trusts, one of the nation’s oldest public philanthropic foundations (COO).
Their appointment will take effect on April 1st, 2023, according to a statement released on Tuesday by Tata Trusts, which has a 66% interest in Tata Sons.
The CEO of Tata Sons, N Srinath, retired in 2022 and was succeeded by 54-year-old Sharma, the company’s chief sustainability officer.
To make room for Uppaluri, who is now the Ford Foundation’s programming director for India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, the organisation will establish the COO position for the first time.
Aparna Uppaluri has experience in strategic planning and development in charity, while Sharma has over two decades of experience working for the government.
“Sharma has been in government service for two decades where he handled important assignments in key ministries of the government, and as the financial advisor to the 13th and 14th Presidents of India. He subsequently joined the Tata group where he has been heading the newly formed sustainability portfolio,” Tata Trusts’s said.
“Uppaluri is a well-regarded professional with exposure in strategic planning and programme development in the fields of philanthropy, women’s rights, public health, arts, and culture,” Tata Trusts said.
The statement continued, “With more than twenty years of leadership and management experience, she has led the Ford Foundation’s grant-making initiatives to advance programmatic commitment to strengthen gender justice and has also served as programme director to oversee various verticals at the Ford Foundation.”