Tarun Das has spent his entire working career in industry associations, starting with the predecessor body of CII in November 1963, and was the Chief Executive since April 1974 when CII (formerly AIEI) was formed through a merger of 2 Associations, till June 2004. He is currently the Chief Mentor of CII.
He has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctorate in Science by The University of Warwick, UK and has been conferred an Honorary CBE by Her Majesty the Queen for his contribution to Indo-British relations. He is also the recipient of the `Blackwill Award’ by US India Business Council for his contribution to Indo-US Economic co-operation. Mr. Das has also conferred with the 2004 Singapore National Award (Public Service Medal) by the Singapore Government for his contribution to strengthening economic ties between India and Singapore.
He is the non-executive Chairman of The Associated Cement Companies Ltd., Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd., India; non-executive Director on the Boards of John Keells Holdings Ltd. (Sri Lanka), GIVE Foundation, New Delhi Television Ltd., NDTV Media Ltd., and Bajaj Auto Ltd.
He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Aspen Institute, USA and member of the International Advisory Board of The Coca Cola Company Ltd., USA, and Asian Strategic Leadership Institute (ASLI), Malaysia. He is the Co Chairman of the Management Board of the NAM Business Council.