Manjaree Chowdhary

Manjaree Chowdhary is the Sr. Executive Director and General Counsel at Maruti Suzuki India. With over 25 years of experience, she leads a team of 50 experts, working closely with the Board, the CEO and the Leadership team. She provides legal and compliance support in a dynamic regulatory and risk environment at Maruti Suzuki India, a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan. Manjaree has worked across South Asia, US, ANZ, and Japan in diverse industries like Industrial, Manufacturing, Auto, Healthcare, Power and Services. Skilled in strategic advisory, listed entity management, complex transactions, dispute resolution, enterprise risk, compliance and public policy, she has led industry initiatives including the formulation of a Voluntary Code of Ethics adopted by the National Healthcare Federation of India. At Maruti Suzuki, she has successfully led change management through incremental steps.

With a Masters in Law from the University of London, Manjaree made a mid-career shift from academics to law, beginning her legal career at a leading Indian law firm and moving in-house to General Electric before joining Maruti Suzuki as its first woman General Counsel. Under her leadership, Maruti Suzuki’s Legal Team was listed in the ‘Legal 500 GC Powerlist - India Teams 2019 for the first time and the Best In-house Legal Team (mid-size) by Legal Era in 2021.

Winner of the prestigious WeQual Asia Pacific Award in September 2021, Manjaree featured in the India “Top 100 Powerful Women in Law” in 2017 and was felicitated as one of the 25 General Counsels at the Indo-UK Law Society Summit at the House of Lords in London in November 2018. She was recognised by Legal Era as a Top Woman in Law (2019) and as the General Counsel of the Year (Female) (2020). In 2022 she was part of the elite list of Business World Top 100 GCs in India. Manjaree is a nominated member of the CII National Committee on Regulatory Affairs, is the Co-Chair of the CII Legal Services Committee on ESG and Climate Change and serves on the Board of the UK India Legal Partnership. She is the Founding Member of the General Counsels Association of India (GCAI).

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