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Ford Fires CEO Mark Fields; Former Steelcase Chief Jim Hackett To Take Over.

Also leaving the company is Ford’s group vice president of communications, Ray Day, who will be replaced by Mark Truby, vice president of communications for Ford’s Asia-Pacific operations.

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Nissan appoints new President of India Operations

NEW DELHI, India (July 12, 2017) – Nissan has appointed Thomas Kuehl as president, Nissan India Operations, effective from October 1, 2017.

In this role Kuehl, who joins Nissan from Volkswagen, will be responsible for both Nissan and Datsun brands and will head all operations in India including Marketing and Sales, Manufacturing and Research and Development.

Nissan India is an increasingly important part of Nissan’s future growth plans,” said Peyman Kargar, chairman of Nissan’s Africa, Middle East and India region. “Thanks to his diverse and deep global auto industry experience, Thomas will help drive our business forward with a focus on delivering the best products and satisfaction for our customers, dealers and employees in India.”

Kuehl brings more than 22 years of automotive experience in different countries and different areas of value chain, as well as a deep knowledge of the Indian market gained during his time as Brand Head of Skoda Auto India and Executive Director Corporate Strategy for Volkswagen Group, India.

Commenting on his appointment, Thomas Kuehl said, “I am excited to be returning to India with Nissan. I have first-hand experience of the dynamism and great potential of India, which is on track to become one of the top three auto markets worldwide.”

Nissan is also poised for significant growth with an expanding range of great products, technologies and services across the Nissan and Datsun brands and a well-established and quality-driven national retail network, supported by local production and R&D in Chennai”, added, Thomas.

Kuehl will be based in the headquarters of Nissan India Motors Pvt. Ltd. in Gurgaon and report directly to Peyman Kargar.

Kuehl replaces Guillaume Sicard, who stepped down from the role as President, India Operations recently to take up a new post with Alliance partner Renault as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific and Managing Director, South Asia.
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Tata Motors announces appointment of new Chief Financial Officer​


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New Delhi, August 14, 2017: Tata Motors today announced the appointment of Mr. P B Balaji as the new Chief Financial Officer, Tata Motors Group from November 2017, to drive financial performance and bring greater rigor to operations and investment decisions across the different entities.

Mr. Balaji is a global finance professional with over two decades of experience in the corporate sector. He started his career with Unilever in 1995 and worked in different corporate finance roles across Asian markets, Switzerland, UK and India. Since 2014, he has been heading the finance function as the Chief Financial Officer of Hindustan Unilever, a $6 billion enterprise. Prior to that, he was the Chief Accountant of the Unilever Group in London.

Mr. N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Motors said: “Mr Balaji’s deep knowledge in all areas across finance and his global experience will be very valuable for the Tata Motors Group. He will be a great addition to the management team.”

Tata Motors is delighted to welcome Mr. Balaji as the new CFO for the Tata Motors Group. He will play a very important role in our transformation journey and help us in our renewed focus on topline, market share growth, major cost reduction initiatives and efficiency improvements to deliver better financial performance and profitability in the future.” said Mr. Guenter Butschek, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Tata Motors.

The Tata Group represents the leading edge of Indian business and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Tata Motors’ leadership team. I look forward to being part of the transformation journey and an exciting career ahead,” said Mr. P B Balaji.

Mr Balaji is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai and has a post-graduate management degree from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. He will up take up his new assignment in November this year.
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Nissan India Announces Senior Management Changes

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NEW DELHI, India (September 25, 2017)—Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. (NMIPL) has announced changes to its senior management team, all effective October 1, 2017.

Arun Malhotra, currently Managing Director, NMIPL, has been appointed Corporate Advisor, NMIPL. In this new role Malhotra will leverage his extensive expertise and deep experience in the Indian automotive sector to support the delivery of Nissan India’s future growth goals and network development plans. He will report to Peyman Kargar, Chairman of Nissan’s Africa, Middle East and India (AMI) region and interim president of Nissan India Operations, and to Thomas Kuehl, incoming President of Nissan India Operations (effective October 1, 2017).

Jerome Saigot, currently Vice President, Marketing and Datsun Business Unit, NMIPL, will now be responsible for Sales and Marketing, NMIPL, for both Nissan and Datsun brands. Saigot will report to Thomas Kuehl, incoming President, Nissan India Operations, and will continue to be based at NMIPL’s office in Gurgaon.

Peter Clissold, currently General Manager, Marketing, AMI, will take up the role of Vice President, Marketing, NMIPL, with responsibility for both the Nissan and Datsun brands in India. Clissold will be based at NMIPL’s office in Gurgaon, and will report to Jerome Saigot.

Commenting on these management changes, Peyman Kargar said, “Nissan has invested substantially in our manufacturing and R&D facilities, and in our dealer network, in India. We expect these appointments will bring the right balance of experience and new thinking to accelerate our momentum as we strive to achieve our ambitions for the Indian market.”
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Renault-Nissan appoints Jayakumar David as Alliance HR Director in India

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New Delhi, October 26, 2017: The Renault-Nissan Alliance announced the appointment of Jayakumar David as Alliance HR Director, India, effective 1st November 2017. David currently serves as Vice-President HR RNTBCI (Renault Nissan Technology and Business Centre India) and will continue with this role as well.

In his new role, David will be responsible for all the Alliance HR operations in India, ensuring optimum effectiveness, while driving efficiencies of HR delivery to strengthen the Renault-Nissan synergies in India.

Announcing the new appointment, Dominique Dumoulin, Alliance Global Director HR, Africa-Middle East-India (AMI) Region said, “We are pleased to welcome Jayakumar David in his new role and extend our full support to him in successfully executing his mandate, as we aspire to strengthen the Renault-Nissan Alliance in India. At the same time, we are grateful to Christophe Dalby who has been instrumental in implementing and developing the Alliance HR in India for the past 4 years, and will now move to the headquarters. The Renault-Nissan Alliance will continue to grow its presence in India, fostering and nurturing the best talent.”

David will be based in Chennai, reporting to Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director Renault India Operations and Thomas Kuehl, President Nissan India Operations, with a functional reporting to Dominique Dumoulin, Alliance HR Director, AMI Region. He will also report to Krishnan Sundararajan, Managing Director RNTBCI for specific entity related activities.

A post-graduate in Human Resources Management from Madras University, David comes with rich experience in Human Resources spanning over 24 years. He has worked with organizations like Kennametal India Pvt. Ltd., Siemens Technology and Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and Hindustan Coca-Cola beverages Pvt Ltd. and joined RNTBCI in September 2016.

India is a true testament of the success of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, employing over 12,000 people in India across its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and technology and business centre in Chennai, and the Renault, Nissan and Datsun brands.

ABOUT RENAULT-NISSAN-MITSUBISHI:

Groupe Renault, Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors represent the world’s largest automotive alliance. It is the longest-lasting and most productive cross-cultural partnership in the auto industry. Together, the partners sold close to 10 million vehicles in nearly 200 countries in 2016. The member companies are focused on collaboration and maximizing synergies to boost competitiveness. They have strategic collaborations with other automotive groups, including Germany’s Daimler and China’s Dongfeng. This strategic alliance is the industry leader in zero-emission vehicles and is developing the latest advanced technologies, with plans to offer autonomous drive, connectivity features and services on a wide range of affordable vehicles.
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Nissan India Appoints Hardeep Singh Brar as Director, Sales and Network

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NEW DELHI, December 15, 2017 – Nissan has appointed Hardeep Singh Brar as Director – Sales and Network, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd.

In this role, Brar will be responsible for accelerating the sales of both Nissan and Datsun products. With his rich industry experience, Brar will also play a pivotal role in expanding the network and ensuring customer satisfaction for Nissan and Datsun brands across India.

Nissan is committed to play a significant role in the transformational journey of the Indian automobile sector. With our exciting product offerings and huge focus on network expansion and customer satisfaction, we are growing steadily in the market. With his extensive and remarkable auto industry experience, Hardeep will play a key role in driving the business and achieving our goals”, said Jerome Saigot, Managing Director, Marketing & Sales Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd.

Brar joins Nissan with an outstanding experience of over two decades in the automotive industry, having held senior leadership positions across Sales, Network and Rural Marketing functions at Maruti Suzuki, Volkswagen and General Motors, respectively.

Brar will be based in the headquarters of Nissan India Motors Pvt. Ltd. in Gurgaon and reports directly to Jerome Saigot, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd.
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Mr Gurpratap Boparai takes charge as new Managing Director at ŠKODA AUTO India Private Ltd.

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› To run Czech manufacturer’s Indian operations from today, 2nd April 2018

› Brings considerable leadership experience in the Indian automotive industry

› India is one of the key markets in ŠKODA AUTO’s growth strategy

New Delhi, 2 April 2018 - Mr Gurpratap Boparai takes charge as the Managing Director of ŠKODA Auto India Private Ltd. (SAIPL). Mr Boparai brings in his extensive experience in the international and Indian automobile industry. In his new role, he will be reporting directly to ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier. Relying on his expertise in managing large manufacturing operations, he will be responsible for ŠKODA’s development in the domestic market.

"Mr Boparai’s appointment comes at an opportune moment when ŠKODA is set to strengthen its position in the Indian market. He brings with him vast knowledge of the Indian automotive landscape, which will enable the company to implement a comprehensive expansion plan. With him on board, we will continue to vigorously press ahead with the growth of our brand in India," says Bernhard Maier, CEO ŠKODA AUTO.

Mr Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director, ŠKODA AUTO India Private Ltd further added, "I am excited about my new role at ŠKODA AUTO India Private Ltd. and look forward to working with the young and dynamic team. I am confident that ŠKODA’s strong engineering tradition, emotional designs, superior technology, attractive model range, renewed after-sales impetus combined with the strategic initiatives to build new models will take ŠKODA India to a strong leadership position in the next years."

The Indian market has tremendous importance for ŠKODA’s future growth strategy. In 2017, ŠKODA’s deliveries in India rose almost by 30 percent to 17,438 cars (+30 % growth over 2016). ŠKODA Auto India Private Ltd. currently offers four models on the Indian subcontinent: the OCTAVIA, SUPERB, RAPID and most recently the KODIAQ, which was launched in October 2017. The RAPID is manufactured at the Pune plant, while the OCTAVIA, SUPERB and KODIAQ models are produced in Aurangabad where the company headquarters are located. ŠKODA vehicles are sold in India through 70 dealerships, and 70 service centres are available to customers. As a part of the new campaign, ŠKODA AUTO India has revamped its entire network including sales and service outlets. This modernised appearance is based on ŠKODA’s new corporate design & identity.

In the years ahead, ŠKODA intends to substantially strengthen the growth trend on the subcontinent, and India will play a vital role in this growth strategy.
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Toyota Kirloskar Motor [TKM] announces Management Leadership change in India
[*Proposed appointment of Mr. Masakazu Yoshimura as Managing Director]

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Bangalore, 30th November 2018
: As a part of its management restructuring in India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. (TKM) today announced the repatriation of Mr. Akito Tachibana, present Managing Director of Toyota Kirloskar Motor and proposed appointment of Mr. Masakazu Yoshimura as Managing Director. The formal appointment of the new Managing Director will be made at the meeting of Board of Directors scheduled on 22nd January 2019.

Mr. Masakazu Yoshimura will be responsible for broad leadership and strategic direction of Toyota’s business operations in India. He comes with over 25 years of rich automobile experience in diverse areas covering Product Planning, Pricing, Sales & Marketing, etc., and is equipped to further contribute to the overall success of Toyota’s brand in the region.

Prior to this appointment*, Mr. Yoshimura was General Manager at Toyota Motor Corporation [East Asia & Oceania Division].

As a keen follower of Toyota’s global best practices and continuous improvement of operations, Mr. Yoshimura will continue to guide the company’s vision and values of building the brand synonymous with Quality, Dependability and Reliability - QDR Philosophy.

Commenting on the leadership change, Mr. Akito Tachibana, Managing Director – Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said “Thank you very much for the support & cooperation extended to me during my tenure in Toyota Kirloskar Motor. Together as Team Toyota, we have defined Vision 2025 which enabled us to grow India & grow with India. I also sincerely appreciate the TKM Team in India for their active participation in realizing a Safe and Clean company. Efforts related to continuous improvement & people development initiatives will help in Business Sustainability. It would be appreciated, if you could extend the same level of support to Mr. Yoshimura. I am really happy to be in India during the phase of evolving changes, but with no change in the warmness of peoples’ heart in India.”

During his India stint, Mr. Tachibana was responsible for steering Toyota’s long-term vision for India”, leading to the overall growth prospects through his strategic drive. While setting very high standards with his work, Mr. Tachibana was instrumental in carving out a strong future for Toyota in India.

Speaking on his new *appointment as Managing Director of Toyota Kirloskar Motor – Mr. Masakazu Yoshimura, said “I am excited to work in the much challenging Indian market. Customers are at the heart of everything we do and we Toyota Team will enhance our efforts to enrich the society further, thus improve the lives of the people. Taking forward Toyota’s core values, I look forward to everyone’s continued support and co-operation, to build on the growing momentum of sustainable operations in the region.”
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Nissan India Announces Executive Appointments

Renault Nissan Automotive India appoints Biju Balendran as Managing
Director and CEO; Sambath Kumar appointed CFO for Nissan India Operations


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(December 6, 2018) – Biju Balendran has been appointed the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Renault Nissan Automotive India (RNAIPL) and Sambath Kumar has been appointed as the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for Nissan India Operations.

In their new roles, Biju will be responsible for all the manufacturing operations of the Renault-Nissan Alliance factory at Oragadam, Chennai; Sambath will lead finance for Nissan India Operations (Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. and Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt. Ltd.).

Commenting on their appointments, Thomas Kuehl, President - Nissan India Operations, said “As a part of the Nissan India Strategy, we aim to substantially increase plant utilization enabling greater efficiency and build capacity to develop products which meet the expectations of Indian customers. Under the leadership of Biju, the manufacturing plant will serve as a key contributor to the growth of Nissan in India. I also want to take the opportunity to thank Colin MacDonald, outgoing MD & CEO, RNAIPL, for his contribution and leadership during the last 5 years to make RNAIPL facility amongst the best in our organization.”

“Sambath has played a key role in setting up the finance function for Nissan India. His strong financial and analytical skills will help us continue to execute our strategy in Indian market”,
added Kuehl.

Biju brings more than two decades of experience in automobile manufacturing in India and international markets. He was the first employee to join RNAIPL in 2008 and over the years has worked in various functions, including the Head of Stamping at the Nissan South Africa (NSA) Plant in Pretoria. Based in Chennai, Biju will report to Thomas Kuehl, President – Nissan India Operations in India, and functionally to Sakamoto Masahiro, RVP Monozukuri, AMI, Nissan and Pascal Felten, RSVP Alliance, Africa Middle East and India (AMI) Monozukuri.
After successful completion of his tenure at RNAIPL, Colin MacDonald will move on to a new role based in Europe.

Sambath is an industry veteran with over two decades of experience and has played key roles in finance, internal controlling, audit and strategic planning. He joined the Nissan family in 2009 and in this new position will be based in Chennai and report to Thomas Kuehl, President – Nissan India Operations and Jay Cook, RVP Finance and GA, AMI Nissan.

About Renault Nissan Automotive India
RNAIPL (Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Limited) is the first dedicated Alliance global plant representing an investment of INR 61 billion in Chennai. Spread over 640 acres, it is the largest Alliance plant. It was set up in a record time of 21 months since the ground breaking ceremony in 2008 and started operations in March 2010.

RNAIPL meets the domestic vehicle demands for Renault, Datsun and Nissan in India, and it has also grown as a major export hub tapping into car markets of 106 countries. The plant is a showcase of India’s manufacturing and engineering capabilities with a right balance of quality and cost.

RNAIPL has full stamping, body, paint, plastic, trim and chassis shops and is equipped with three test tracks. It has an installed production capacity of 480,000 vehicles per year. RNAIPL employees 7,500 people and produces 11 models for Nissan, Datsun and Renault brands on its two production lines.

RNAIPL has adopted the industry-leading Monozukuri production process called Alliance Production Way.
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Tata Motors appoints Ravindra Kumar G.P as the President & Chief Human Resources Officer

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Mumbai, December 19, 2018:
Tata Motors today announced the appointment of Ravindra Kumar G.P as the President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Tata Motors.

Ravindra will oversee all human resource operations for Tata Motors, effective December 17, 2018. He will report into Mr. Guenter Butschek, CEO Tata Motors and will be a member of the Executive Committee.

Commenting on the announcement, Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, said, “We are happy to welcome Ravindra to the Tata Motors Family. Ravindra’s vast experience at GE and Asian Paints will further strengthen our resolve towards building an employee focused organization. We are extremely confident that his energy will help further drive the Turnaround culture and the Tata ethos.”

An alumnus of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Ravindra brings with him a rich global experience of over 20 years. In his most recent role, Ravindra Kumar was CHRO, GE, South Asia and prior to GE, he worked with Asian Paints where he began his career in 1998.
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Nissan India appoints Sriram Padmanabhan as Vice President- Marketing

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New Delhi: Nissan India on Tuesday announced the appointment of Sriram Padmanabhan as Vice President – Marketing of the company. In this role, Padmanabhan will lead marketing strategies for Nissan and Datsun brands in India, with the aim of delivering long-term product portfolio, brand value and market share growth, the company said in a release.

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Nissan Appoints A New President For Indian Operations

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With sales figures dropping by a considerable amount, Nissan has roped in a new president for Indian operations. Sinan Özkök, 49, would be taking this role and it is no secret that he is going to have a huge responsibility riding on his shoulders. Based at Nissan Motor India Private Ltd. in Gurgaon, will have responsibility for all functions in India including Sales and Marketing, Research and Development and Manufacturing, for both Nissan and Datsun brands.

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Mercedes-Benz India Appoints Santosh Iyer As VP, Sales And Marketing

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Mercedes-Benz India announced that effective from July 1, 2019. Santosh Iyer, currently Vice President of Customer Service & Corporate Affairs will take over the position of Vice President, Sales & Marketing of Mercedes-Benz India. Santosh succeeds Michael Jopp who assumes the new responsibility of heading the Sales & Marketing function of Mercedes-Benz in Malaysia. Santosh Iyer has two decades of diverse experience in the Indian automobile domain spreading across sales, marketing, retail, customer service and corporate affairs. He has been associated with Mercedes-Benz India since 2009 and currently is responsible for the Customer Services, Corporate Affairs & CSR functions at Mercedes-Benz India.

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Royal Enfield’s former President joins BMW India as CEO

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Rudratej Singh has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group India. His appointment comes following his departure from Royal Enfield earlier in 2019.

Back in January 2019, he retired from Royal Enfield with immediate effect. At the time he served as Global President of the company and had been at Royal Enfield for four years, since January 2015.

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