08 August 2015, New Delhi
Dr Ram Tarneja, Past President, All India Management Association (AIMA) and former Managing Director, Benett & Coleman (publishers of Time of India and Economic Times) has passed away. He was 83.
Dr Tarneja was associated with AIMA for more than 50 years and he played a critical role in establishing AIMA as the apex management body in India.
Dr Tarneja joined AIMA’s governing council in 1962 and in 1972 he was elected AIMA’s President. An outstanding mobilizer, he raised funds to finance AIMA’s management education and development activities and also to build the permanent headquarter for AIMA in New Delhi.
He founded AIMA’s journal ‘Indian Management’ to promote management research and knowledge sharing and instituted an annual award for the best management writing in the journal.
Hemant M Nerurkar, President, AIMA paid his respect to Dr Tarneja saying, “A titan of Indian management fraternity, Dr Tarneja will be remembered for his endless enthusiasm for making Indian management world class. As a CEO and as management evangelist, he build a legacy of outstanding leadership and corporate governance. He led by deeds and not words.”
Paying tribute to Dr Tarneja, Rekha Sethi, Director General, AIMA said, “Dr Tarneja was a father figure at AIMA and he mentored many generations of AIMA leaders across half a century. We will miss his wise counsel and his reassuring presence at AIMA.”
Dr Tarneja was a leading promoter of management learning and best practices and he was instrumental in bringing many of India’s marquee CEOs into AIMA’s fold. He also worked tirelessly to spread the management movement to every industrial cluster of the country by promoting local management associations.
Dr Tarneja represented AIMA at many international forums and education institutions. He was AIMA’s representative on the governing boards of many IIMs including IIM Ahmadabad and IIM Calcutta. He was also the President of the Asian Association of Management Organizations (AAMO) from 1989 to 1992.
A much respected leader, he was also involved with many important industry bodies, including Indian Newspaper Society and Indian Merchants Chamber. He played a mentoring role on the boards of many renowned companies, including ITC and HDFC.
Dr Ram Tarneja is survived by his wife, Rani Tarneja and two daughters, Ruma Wahal and Ruchira Narayanan.
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