Madhu Kannan is a former executive in business development and public affairs with Tata Sons. He left Tata Sons with two other executives in October of 2016 after its chairman, Cyrus Mistry, was dismissed. He was appointed to his position and as a member of its group executive council in May 2012.
Before joining Tata, Kannan was named CEO at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)in 2009, where he became the youngest chief executive of the exchange at the age of 35. He served at the exchange until 2012, when he left for Tata. He was brought in to revive the Bombay Stock Exchange, as it tried to compete with other Indian exchanges with newer technology. His efforts were thought to have been somewhat muted by other competing exchanges.  
He was previously the special assistant to the head of international of NYSE, as well as a research associate within the exchange’s research department. From August 2002 until December 2005, Kannan had been managing director, Asia-Pacific, supporting the exchange’s initiative in emerging markets. Prior to that he was account manager, from 2001 to 2002.
He also worked at Merrill Lynch.
Kannan earned an undergraduate degree (B.E. with honors) in electrical engineering and a M.Sc with honors, in economics from BITS, Pilani, India, in addition to a MBA in finance from Vanderbilt University in the U.S. Kannan was nominated as a Young Global Leader in 2007 by the World Economic Forum, based in Geneva, Switzerland.
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