He left Tata Sons with two other executives in October of 2016 after its chairman was dismissed. He was appointed group head of business development and public affairs and a member of its group executive council in May 2012. Kannan was the former chief executive officer at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).
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.
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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