Micky Jagtiani, a prominent figure in the business landscape of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Gulf, has passed away. He was the founder of the Landmark Group. Micky Jagtiani dedicated decades to building a multi-billion corporate empire, spanning multiple markets in the region, the subcontinent, and beyond.
Under Micky’s leadership, Landmark Group flourished, encompassing influential brands such as max, babyshop, Splash, and homecentre. Starting in the Gulf markets, the network expanded throughout the region and even reached India. Forbes estimated his wealth as over $5 billion, but his legacy extended far beyond monetary achievements. Landmark Group played a vital role as a significant job creator in the Middle East.Micky Jagtiani, Founder of Landmark Group. The retail-focused group was launched in 1973.
Micky Jagtiani, aged 70, leaves behind a profound impact on the business world. He will be remembered for his remarkable contributions to the growth and success of Landmark Group.
The Micky formula
Landmark Group, known for its pioneering spirit among family-owned businesses in the Gulf, always aimed for more than just dominance in a single market. Instead, Micky Jagtiani, along with his wife Renuka, adopted a formula of venturing into new markets at the earliest opportunity, and not just with one brand.
While many other companies focused on a handful of brands and hoped for their growth, Landmark took a bold approach by extending existing brands and adding new ones. This forward-thinking strategy set them apart and made Landmark exceptional in the industry.
Micky Jagtiani was instrumental in driving this vision, constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation and expansion. His dynamic leadership and entrepreneurial spirit were key factors in Landmark’s success and reputation as a trailblazer in the business world.
Micky Jagtiani, known for his vast wealth in the Middle East and beyond, possessed another notable strength: his ability to delegate responsibilities. This approach allowed each brand and division within his business empire to chart its own path to success, benefitting from operational flexibility.
Landmark Group founder Micky Jagtiani dies https://t.co/Ci87eMFs1U pic.twitter.com/9jT8dW6wMR
— Dubai | دبي (@DubaiTrends) May 26, 2023
Ishwar Chugani, Managing Director of Giordano Middle East, shared his experience of knowing Micky since relocating to Dubai in the early 1990s. They frequently conversed and met while engaging in “Management By Walking Around” in the malls. Chugani regarded Micky as a visionary leader, mentor, and dear friend.
When reflecting on what he learned from Micky, Chugani emphasized the value of humility—an important trait that Micky exemplified throughout his leadership journey.
“He was a visionary leader, mentor, and dear friend.”
And what did Chugani learn from Micky? ‘Humility…’
Today Dubai lost a man who was a key player in the retail and real estate industry
Micky Jagtiani the founder of land mark group have past away
My condolences to the Jagtiani family and to Renuka Jagtiani #landmark#jagtiani
— majid saif alghurair (@majidalghurair) May 26, 2023
A near 50,000 strong group
Landmark’s workforce numbers are around the 48,000 mark, affirming its status as one of the biggest employers in these markets. Multiple HR industry sources have in the past spoken about the low staff turnover rates the group has had through the years, especially at the senior executive levels.
“Micky was a trailblazer in so many ways – but in a region that is dominated by family-run businesses, his professionalism was an example for all of us. And set a precedent for how family businesses can scale professionally,” said Ashish Panjabi, COO at Jacky’s Electronics.
The ‘details’ man
Micky Jagtiani, known for his hands-on approach, was often seen at malls, immersing himself in the atmosphere to gauge consumer sentiments firsthand. He would find a preferred spot at one of the food and beverage outlets, armed with a pen and notepad, paying meticulous attention to detail. This habit exemplified his commitment to understanding the market and valuing the people he collaborated with.
Micky was a pioneer in many respects, shaping a culture that fostered innovation, original brand creation, an unmatched retail infrastructure, and a dedicated community of Landmark employees and customers. Despite having brands like babyshop and homecentre in the Landmark portfolio, the group embraced e-commerce early on, venturing into the online realm. However, their true success lies in their mastery of the omnichannel approach, capitalizing on the physical presence of their brands to create hybrid experiences.
Landmark also recognized the significance of a robust supply chain, evident in their state-of-the-art logistics hub located in Jebel Ali Free Zone. This facility became operational shortly before the pandemic struck and proved invaluable during the subsequent disruptions in supply caused by Covid-19.
Micky Jagtiani’s visionary leadership extended far beyond business strategies. His hands-on involvement, emphasis on detail, and commitment to innovation played crucial roles in the growth and resilience of Landmark Group. His forward-thinking approach continues to shape the organization and its ability to adapt to the evolving market landscape.
Originally from India, Jagtiani started the business in 1973 with one store in Bahrain, which later grew across the Middle East, Africa, and India.
That was a quintessential Landmark – being ahead of its times. A legacy of Micky Jagtiani…
Business community tributes
The global business community paid a heartfelt tribute to one of the most influential and visionary leaders, Micky Jagtiani. As the founder and chairman of Landmark Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Dubai, Jagtiani has left an indelible mark on the retail industry and beyond.
Jagtiani’s remarkable journey began with humble beginnings, as he started his career as a taxi driver before venturing into the world of retail. With sheer determination, entrepreneurial spirit, and a keen eye for opportunities, he transformed a single store into a diversified retail empire spanning multiple countries and sectors.
Beyond his business acumen, Jagtiani’s philanthropic endeavors have also garnered admiration and respect. His commitment to giving back to society has positively impacted countless lives.
Colleagues and peers praise Jagtiani not only for his extraordinary achievements but also for his humility, kindness, and unwavering work ethic.
The tributes pouring in from the business community underscore Micky Jagtiani’s exceptional leadership and his lasting contributions. His legacy serves as an inspiration for future generations of business leaders, emphasizing the importance of integrity, perseverance, and social responsibility.
As the business community honors Micky Jagtiani, they acknowledge his remarkable journey, extraordinary accomplishments, and his enduring impact on the retail industry and beyond. He will be remembered as a true icon and a visionary whose legacy will continue to shape the business landscape for years to come.
Azad Moopen took to Twitter and wrote that Micky Jagtiani built the Landmark Group into one of the most successful retail conglomerates in the MENA region.
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of stalwart businessman Micky Jagtiani, the Founder of Landmark Group. He was a visionary businessman who built Landmark Group into one of the most successful retail conglomerates in the MENA region. May God bless his soul pic.twitter.com/yDWcK9OTN9
— Azad Moopen (@DrMoopen) May 26, 2023
Isa Mutlib wrote on his Twitter handle: If you have seen huge glass building in the marina you know the landmark.”
If you've seen the huge glass building in the marina you know landmark.
Dubai’s @landmarkgroupme owner Micky Jagtiani passes away at age 70https://t.co/IlbbK5iQWY
— Isa Mutlib FIEP (@isamutlib) May 26, 2023
Bindu Rai said that Micky’s death was a huge loss to the business community.
In a huge loss to the #UAE community, visionary businessman, founder and chairperson of the Landmark Group #MickyJagtiani has died.
Mr Jagtiani was a pioneering force whose impact on the region's business landscape was beyond comparison. https://t.co/96d9aUKiPS
— Bindu Rai (@BinduRai) May 26, 2023
Dubai Outlet Mall consoled the sad demise of Micky Jagtiani.
Dubai Outlet Mall extends their sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and entire Landmark community for the passing of Mr. Micky Jagtiani, the esteemed Chairman of Landmark Group.#Condolences #Legacy pic.twitter.com/g4KRq15Zp0
— Dubai Outlet Mall (@DubaiOutletMall) May 26, 2023
Max Fashion India also consoled the death of Micky Jagtiani.
Landmark Group Announces the Loss of its Founder. pic.twitter.com/4Gj53iITkI
— Max Fashion India (@maxfashionindia) May 26, 2023