Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.
R. C. Bhargava is a post graduate in Mathematics from Allahabad University (1954) and Development Economics from Williams College, Mass USA (1963), India. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1956, on the basis of an All India Competitive Examination and secured the first position in India.
Between 1968 and 1973, he worked in the State of Jammu & Kashmir, and was the Secretary to Government in the Departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Forests, and Sheep Breeding.
Between 1973 and 1978, he worked in Delhi in the Central Government. His rank was Joint Secretary. For 4 years, he was in the Ministry of Energy, and for a little over 1 year, in the Cabinet Secretariat.
Between 1979 and 1981, he worked as the Commercial Director of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, the leading manufacturer of all power generating and transmission equipments in India.
Bhargava then joined Maruti Udyog Limited, as Marketing Director, soon after its incorporation in 1981. He was appointed as the Managing Director (CEO) in 1985. He became the Chairman and Managing Director in 1990. In 1992, Suzuki chose him as its nominee for the post of Managing Director. Bhargava retired in 1997. He was re-inducted to the Board in 2003, after Suzuki acquired control of the Company, and it was listed. He was appointed as the non-executive Chairman on 19th December 2007, a position he continues to hold to date.
Bhargava is on the Board of Directors of a number of leading companies in India. These include Grasim Industries, UltraTech Cement Company, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Polaris Financial Technology Limited, Infrastructure and Financial Services Limited, Dabur Industries Limited, Idea Cellular Limited, Thomson Press Limited, Kokoyu Camlin Limited, and Taj Asia Limited. He chairs the Board of Maruti Suzuki India Limited.
He is also on the India Advisory Boards of BAE Systems Ltd, Rio Tinto (India), Huawei India Ltd, and Hitachi India Ltd. In his efforts toward helping the education system in India, he has previously been the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Doon School, Dehradun; and on the Boards of IIM Lucknow and IIM Calcutta. He is currently the Chairman of the IIM, Ranchi. Bhargava has also chaired an IIM Review Committee constituted by the Ministry of Human Resources Development of the Government of India.
He has been undertaking consultancy assignments for a number of companies, both Indian and foreign. These include a number of Japanese companies.
He recently wrote a book titled ‘The Maruti Story’. He has also authored a book in Japanese on Suzuki’s strategy in India.
In November 2011, the Emperor of Japan conferred on Bhargava the “Order of the Rising Sun Gold and Silver Star”. He has also been given the Lifetime Award for Management by the Economic Times and the All India Management Association.