A classic case of a bureaucrat becoming a corporate success, R.C. Bharagava was one of the first IAS officers to become the CEO of a major company. Educated at the Doon School (Dehradun), Allahabad University and Williams College, Massachusetts, he topped the 1956 batch of the IAS and served in Jammu and Kashmir before moving on to the central government, first as a joint secretary in the Ministry of Energy and then in the cabinet secretariat. In 1979, he joined public-sector giant BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited) as commercial director.