Hari Shankar Singhania, the President of JK Organisation and Chairman of JK Tyre & Industries Ltd, died on February 22, 2013.
Born in Kanpur on June 20, 1933, Singhania had joined the group in 1951 after completing his Bachelor of Science. He was known for his entrepreneurial capabilities and setting up various pioneering ventures in India. He was conferred with the 'Padma Bhushan' award in 2003.
Singhania has been the President of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris, being the 2nd Indian and 3rd Asian in the last 80 years and has made significant contributions in national and international business arenas.
Recognising his contribution to Indo-Swedish business relations, the King of Sweden honoured him with "Royal Order of Polar Star" one of Sweden's highest awards.
He chaired the International Chamber of Commerce from 1993 to 1994 and was president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in 1979-80.
The 81-year old Singhania had been actively involved with the diversified JK Organisation since 1951.
JK Organisation has a wide range of manufacturing activities such as automotive tyres and tubes, paper and board, cement, oil seals, power transmission equipment, woollen textiles, readymade suits and apparels, food and dairy products, hybrid seeds, steel engineering files and cosmetics.
Hari Shankar Singhania was the eldest son of late Lala Lakshmipat Singhania. HS Singhania’s brothers are Bharat Hari Singhania, Raghupati Singhania and Sripati Singhania (late). Raghupati Singhania is currently the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of JK Tyre. Bharat Hari Singhania’s younger son Vikrampati Singhania is the Deputy Managing Director of JK Tyre
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