Advertisement
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021
Outlook.com

R.C. Bhargava, Maruti Suzuki

Under Bhargava, Maruti became India’s No. 1 ­automobile ­firm and a ­precious ­profit-making ­engine for its parent Suzuki.

R.C. Bhargava, Maruti Suzuki
Photograph by Vishal Koul
R.C. Bhargava, Maruti Suzuki
outlookindia.com
2017-03-25T11:17:54+05:30
  • Sales grew from 47,694 units to 3 lakh-plus under Bhargava

***

A classic case of a bureaucrat becoming a corporate success, R.C. Bharagava was one of the first IAS officers to become the CEO of a major company. Educated at the Doon School (Dehradun), Allahabad University and Williams College, Massachusetts, he topped the 1956 batch of the IAS and served in Jammu and Kashmir before moving on to the central government, first as a joint secretary in the Ministry of Energy and then in the cabinet secretariat. In 1979, he joined public-sector giant BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited) as commercial director.

In 1981, he joined the then newly founded Maruti Udyog as its third employee, on a one-year deputation. When his deputation ended, he quit the IAS, much against the advice of his fellow bureaucrats, and continued with Maruti as its director (marketing and sales)—one of the first bureaucrats to make the shift to the private sector. He was made the MD (managing director) in 1985 and, in 1990, became its CMD...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Uttarakhand Rains Claim 22 Lives, Nainital Cut Off From Rest Of State

Uttarakhand Rains Claim 22 Lives, Nainital Cut Off From Rest Of State

Incessant rains continued to lash various parts of the state, razing houses to the ground and leaving many trapped in the debris.

Imran Khan At Loggerheads With Army Over New Spy Chief, Opposition Comes Together To Oust Pak PM

Imran Khan At Loggerheads With Army Over New Spy Chief, Opposition Comes Together To Oust Pak PM

The opposition stands convinced as it plans to come together to oust Khan. There is much churning going on in political circles in Pakistan as the opposition scents a possible victory.

Loved MS Dhoni's Calmness, He Was Always A Mentor: KL Rahul

Loved MS Dhoni's Calmness, He Was Always A Mentor: KL Rahul

MS Dhoni will be the mentor of the Indian cricket team at the T20 Cricket World Cup 2021 in UAE and Oman.

Lakhimpur Kheri: A Springboard For Priyanka Gandhi In UP?

Lakhimpur Kheri: A Springboard For Priyanka Gandhi In UP?

Priyanka Gandhi has emerged more visible in the wake of Lakhimpur Kheri than any other opposition politician in Uttar Pradesh.

Advertisement