Rahul Bajaj
Head of Bajaj Group of Companies

Ex-Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)

Bajaj Holdings & Investment Limited
Akurdi, Pune 411 035, India.

Rahul Bajaj (b. June 10, 1938) is an Honours Graduate in Economics and Law and did his MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of erstwhile Bajaj Auto since 1968, in which year the annual turnover was around Rs.72 million. In 2007-08, the Company's annual turnover was over Rs. 100 billion (US$ 2.45 billion). Bajaj Auto is India's premier two & three-wheeler company.

Post demerger of the Company, Shri Bajaj continues to act as Chairman of the Company but as Non-Executive Chairman. The Group manufactures and markets a range of products and services in India and abroad, including 2 and 3-wheelers, home appliances, lamps, wind energy, special alloy and stainless steel, castings, cranes, forgings, infrastructure development, material handling equipment, travel, general and life insurance and investment & financial services. Market capitalization of the group at present is over US $ 10 billion.

Under Mr. Bajaj’s leadership, Bajaj Auto, for its performance, has received various awards including the 1977 Export Award from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the 1985 Economic Times & Harvard Business School Association Award for Corporate Performance, CII Award for Quality and Reliability in 1984 & 1988 and for Technology and Innovation in 1985. For 1994-95 Bajaj Auto received the Engineering Export Promotion Council’s award for the highest exports of consumer durables nationally and the highest exports of engineering goods in the Western Region.

Bajaj Auto received Dalal Street Journal's Corporate Excellence Award for 1990 & 1995 (Rank I).

In recognition of his contribution to the automotive industry, the Government of India appointed Mr. Bajaj as the Chairman of the Development Council for Automobiles and Allied Industries, 1975-77.

In 1975, Mr. Bajaj received the “Man of the Year” Award from the National Institution of Quality Assurance.

Mr. Bajaj was selected as Business India's Businessman of the Year 1985.

In 1988, Mr. Bajaj was felicitated for his achievements in a public function by the Pune Municipal Corporation.

Mr. Bajaj was Chairman of Indian Airlines between 1986-89.

Mr. Bajaj received the Bombay Management Association Award for The Most Distinguished Services in the Field of Management - 1990.

Mr. Bajaj was appointed by the Government of India as the Chairman of Technology Development Advisory Group on 'Technology Trends in Automobiles' - August 1991.

Mr. Bajaj was appointed by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales as a Member of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum in February 1992.

Mr. Bajaj was appointed by the Government of India as a Member of Indo-German Consultative Group in August 1992.

FIE Foundation awarded Mr. Bajaj the Rashtrabhushan Award in 1996. Lokmanya Tilak Smarak Trust awarded Mr. Bajaj, the Tilak Award in 2000.

Mr. Bajaj was awarded the 'Padma Bhushan' by the President of India in March 2001.

Mr. Bajaj was awarded the Jeevan Sadhana Gaurav Puraskar by the Pune University for 2002 and  was the first person to be inducted by the ICICI Bank and the leading automotive magazine, Overdrive, in the Indian Automotive Hall of Pride – 2003.

President of India nominated Mr. Bajaj as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay on 12th May, 2003 for a period of 3 years.

Mr. Bajaj was conferred four Doctorates (Honoris Causa) by different Universities, including IIT Roorkee.

He was also conferred the Alumni Achievement Award by the Harvard Business School in September 2005.

Mr. Bajaj was elected to the Upper House of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from Maharashtra in June 2006.

Mr. Bajaj was awarded the Marathwada Mitra Puraskar by Marathwada Lok Vikas Manch in June 2006.

Mr. Bajaj was awarded the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award by All India Management Association in February 2007.

Bajaj Auto Ltd
Bajaj Finserv Limited
Bajaj Holdings & Investments Ltd.
Bajaj Finance Limited.
Former Co-Chairman & Member
Commonwealth Business Council
Past President
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) (1979-80/1999-2000).
Past Chairman
CII’s Task Force on Corporate Governance.
National Council & Past Presidents’ Council, CII
Executive Committee Member
Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
Former President
Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry And Agriculture (MCCIA).
Member & Former Chairman
International Business Council World Economic Forum, Geneva
Member, Executive Board
Indian School of Business
Harvard Business School’s Golobal Advisory Board
HBS IRC Advisory Board
NYSE Euronext’s International Advisory Committee
International Advisory Council, Brookings Institution.