Hari Shankar Singhania (20 June 1933 – 22 February 2013) was the President of J.K. Organisation, a leading Indian Industrial Group, which has its roots extending nearly 100 years. It is one of the largest Industrial Groups in India. It has multi-business, multi-product and multi-location operations. Most of the companies in the Group are public limited entities and has more than 40,000 employees. The group has more than 500,000 shareholders with a nationwide sales and service network of over 10,000 distributors and a large number of retailers and service centres. The group has export interests in nearly 90 countries across globe.
Mr. Singhania was the architect of most of the J.K. Organization group companies which currently manufacture a large range of products including Automotive Tyres & Tubes, Paper & Board, Cement, V-Belts, Oil Seals, Power Transmission equipment, Woolen Textiles, Readymade Suits & Apparels, Food and Dairy Products, Hybrid Seeds, Steel Engineering Files and Cosmetics.
Born in Kanpur, Mr. Singhania initially worked in Kolkata. In the 1960s, he moved to Delhi and established himself as a leading industrial in the growing city. Throughout his life, Mr. Singhania remained active in business, political and nonprofit communities. He has been offered the post of Indian Ambassador to the United States by Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, a position he declined. Widely travelled overseas, Mr. Singhania was a keen gardener and an enthusiastic photographer.