After Tetley, a British company merged with Tata Tea, Tata Tetlay Tea became the second largest tea company in the world. One of those who played a pivotal role in this achievement is R.K. Krishnakumar.
Krishnakumar is now Director in the 35,000 crore Tata sons which runs around 80 companies. He is the son of R.K. Sukumaran who was Police Commissioner in Madras and Sarojini who belongs to the Murkoth Tharavad in Thalassery. Krishnakumar joined the Tata Administrative service in 1963 after doing his B.A., course from Loyolla college in Madras and his Post Graduation in Presidency College. He has served as Vice-Chairman of Tata Tea, as chairman of Tata Coffee and as Director of Tata International. In 1997 he became the Managing Director of the Taj Group of Hotels.