One of the most well-known faces of the Indian automotive sector, former Maruti Suzuki managing director Jagdish Khattar, passed away due to a cardiac arrest on April 26 at the age of 78.

Khattar, a former IAS officer, worked with Maruti Udyog between 1993 and 2007 and is credited with transitioning the company into the new age. Before his stint with Maruti, Khattar was the joint secretary in the Union Ministry of Steel. He also held various key administrative positions in the UP government.

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Khattar became the managing director of Maruti Udyog in 1999, a position he held until retirement at the age of 65 in 2007. After retirement, he started Carnation, a car sales and service network. In 2018, Carnation was acquired by Mahindra First Choice.

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