Mr Datta is a Graduate in Mechanical Engineering from London and is a Fellow of All India Management Association. Mr Datta has been Business Consultant to a number of Indian companies and former member of International Business Advisory Council of UNIDO. Mr Datta has been President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He has been honoured with the citation of Commendatore' (1995) in the Order for Merit of the Italian Republic, by the President of Italy; as 'Companion' of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, U.K. and awarded 'Winner' of the Indo-British Trophy (1997) conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Mr Datta was Managing Director and President of Greaves Cotton Ltd. and was responsible for the spectacular growth of the Company during his tenure as Managing Director. Mr Datta has held directorships in a number of reputed companies like Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., Industrial Development Bank of India Ltd., Crompton Greaves Ltd. He was also Chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd.. Presently he is a Director on the Boards of Triveni Turbine Ltd. and Wockhardt Ltd.