Thekkepat Raman Kesavan – “TR Kesavan” or “K7” as he is better known is an Engineering and Management professional with over 40 years of national and international experience in both functional and management areas. His domain expertise covers agriculture, construction and mining, oil tools and material handling. He actively participates and continues as the governing council member of industrial and government associations.
Speaker and mentor in national and international fora Kesavan has a track record of 30 years in areas of agriculture productivity and management, government industry interface and public private partnership. He has made several presentations and addressed professional gatherings in across the globe. Kesavan is also an external faculty for leading management schools.
Currently he is the President & Chief Operating Officer (TAFE Limited), the world’s third largest tractor manufacturer and India’s largest exporter of tractors, with a large portfolio of agricultural products and equipment consisting of MF and Eicher brand of tractors, agricultural implements & equipment and engines in both Indian and Overseas markets. He represents TAFE in various industry bodies and government committees.
He had a distinguished academic career winning the Banko Award and Gold medal in his graduate studies in Engineering from the University of Madras and went on to be the first in the university and gold medalist in his management studies at the University of Bombay. His completed the sandwich course by University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Kesavan spends his spare time mentoring students. He is additionally a prolific speaker and teacher in management and marketing and lectures at leading academic and training institutions. A master of Reiki healing, he also dabbles in spirituality, painting, writing and carpentry and is an avid reader. Happily married, the Kesavans have two grown up sons.
TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited
Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE), is an Indian tractor major incorporated in 1960 at Chennai, with an annual turnover of US $1.6 billion. The third-largest tractor manufacturer in the world and the second largest in India by volumes, TAFE wields about 25% market share of the Indian tractor industry with a sale of over 150,000 tractors (domestic and international) annually.
TAFE's partnership with AGCO Corporation and the Massey Ferguson brand for nearly six decades is a stellar example of its commitment to building long-term relationships with its stakeholders through fair and ethical business practices.
TAFE is also a significant shareholder in AGCO Corporation, USA – a US $9.4 billion tractor and agricultural equipment manufacturer.
TAFE manufactures tractors under four iconic brands – Massey Ferguson, TAFE, Eicher and the recently acquired Serbian tractor and agricultural equipment brand IMT (Industrija Mašina i Traktora). The company has earned the trust of customers through its range of products that are widely acclaimed for quality and low cost of operation. In 2005, TAFE acquired Eicher's tractors, engines, gears and transmission components business through a wholly owned subsidiary, TAFE Motors and Tractors Limited (TMTL). TAFE exports tractors, both in partnership with AGCO and independently, powering farms in over 100 countries, including developed countries in Europe and the Americas.
Besides tractors, TAFE and its subsidiaries have diverse business interests in areas such as farm machinery, diesel engines and gensets, agro engines, engineering plastics, gears and transmission components, batteries, hydraulic pumps and cylinders, vehicle franchises and plantations.
It's plant in Turkey manufactures a range of tractors for distribution in Turkey through AGCO's dealer network, while another facility in China caters to its ever-growing global sourcing needs and value addition to its Indian and worldwide operations.
With about 180,000 tractors exported till date, TAFE is among the top exporters of tractors from India, having a strong presence in several countries, including 30 African nations. It holds leadership positions in several countries like Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia, Uganda, Morocco, Namibia, Botswana and Burkina Faso, besides Balkan countries in Europe and Afghanistan in Middle East.
TAFE believes in sound corporate governance and is reputed for being a consistent profit-making company and an ethical organization. Its commitment to CSR involves contribution to the environment and society while facilitating growth of all stakeholders with equal fervour, embodying the role of a responsible corporate citizen. TAFE’s social focus has been significant since inception and it contributes towards agriculture, education, healthcare, community development, disaster relief, conservation and tribal welfare, and supporting traditional art forms.
TAFE (tafe.com) is a part of The Amalgamations Group from Chennai, one of India’s largest light engineering groups. Comprising 40 companies, it is involved in the design, development and manufacture of Diesel engines, automobile components, light engineering goods, plantations and services.