Maruti Suzuki India’s former MD Jagdish Khattar passes away at 78


Maruti Suzuki India’s former Managing Director Jagdish Khattar has passed away on Monday morning following a cardiac arrest. He was 78 years old.

Jagdish Khattar joined Maruti Udyog Limited back in 1993 and worked with the largest automaker of India till 2007. Khattar joined Maruti as Director of Marketing and went on to become its MD in 1999, first as a government nominee, and then in May 2002, he was nominated by the Suzuki Motor Corporation.

Under his leadership, Maruti Suzuki witnessed remarkable growth, especially with the iconic small hatchback Maruti 800.

Before joining Maruti Udyog Limited, Khattar worked as an officer of the Indian Administrative Service with 37 years of experience. He served as the joint secretary in the Union Ministry of Steel. Also, he served at various administrative positions in the Uttar Pradesh government.

After his retirement from Maruti in 2007, Khattar started his own company Carnation Auto India, which has a multi-brand pan-India sales and service network.