Alec Ogilvie (businessman)

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CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
OccupationBusiness executive

Sir Alec Drummond Ogilvie (1913-1997)[1] was a British business executive. Ogilvie spent his childhood in Bengal, India, where his father, Sir George Ogilvie, was a civil servant.[1] Ogilvie was the fifth generation in his family to have lived in India.[2] Educated in Cheltenham College and trained as an accountant in Glasgow,[2] Ogilvie worked in London for three years, before retuning to India in 1935 and joining the Andrew Yule company in Calcutta (now Kolkata).[1] Ogilvie rose to become chairman of Andrew Yule, and also served as president of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry[3] and president of the Associated Chambers of Commerce.[4] Ogilvie was knighted for his services to British business interests in India in 1965.[1] He later returned to Britain and served as chairman of Powell Duffryn (now known as PD Ports.[1] During the Second World War, Ogilvie had joined the 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles) and was held prisoner of war in Singapore, in Changi Prison|Changi prison.[1] The transcript of an oral interview of Ogilvie's, reflecting on the life of British expatriates in India, is publicly accessible at the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History Collection at Louisiana State University.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Obituary: Sir Alec Ogilvie". The Times. London. 2 December 1997. p. 21 – via The Internet Archive.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jones, Stephanie (1992-06-18). Merchants of the Raj: British Managing Agency Houses in Calcutta Yesterday and Today. Springer. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-349-12538-8.
  4. Ghatak, Aditi Roy (1995). Partnership for Progress: The ASSOCHAM Story, 1920-1995. Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India. p. 113.
  5. "Oral Interview with Sir Alec Ogilvie" (PDF). T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History Collection. 14 March 1978.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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