Former Managing Director of Maruti Suzuki India and veteran of the Indian automobile industry, Jagdish Khattar passed away on Monday. It is said that he suffered cardiac arrest due to which he died. It was not known whether it was related to Covid or not.
Director of Maruti Udyog Limited, 78 years old, sudden was confirmed by Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava to CNBC-TV18 and said it is a deep personal loss. Bhargava said “This is a deep personal loss and has come as a big shock. We had worked together for many years. He is someone who had done a lot of good for Maruti.” Khattar served at MUL from 1993 to 2007. He joined in as the director of marketing in 1993 and later became an MD in 1999 as a government nominee and then in May 2002 as a nominee of the Suzuki Motor Corporation.
Before joining MUL, Khattar had been an officer of the Indian Administrative Service and had more than 37 years of experience. He had served in the Union Ministry of Steel. After retiring from MUL in 2007, Khattar founded Carnation Auto, a multi-brand automotive sales and service company, in 2008.