Year-ender 2023: A recap of major people movements in the Indian auto industry

NEW DELHI: As the wheels of the automotive industry continue to turn, 2023 has proven to be a pivotal year marked by dynamic changes and strategic realignment of personnel across the Indian and global automotive landscape.

In 2023, the automobile industry will witness a series of strategic leadership shifts, pushing both global giants and Indian stalwarts in new directions. Here is a snapshot of the key grassroots movements that defined the sector's narrative throughout the year.

Corporate deals, people's movements

Maruti Suzuki Financial Facelift: Indian automobile giant Maruti Suzuki has appointed Arnab Roy as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Roy will take the reins effective January 1, 2024, and will be ready to lead the company's financial strategies going forward.

Hyundai's top management shake-up: Hyundai Motor India has initiated a wave of changes in its top management, effective January 1, 2023. Tarun Garg, who has a rich background at Maruti Suzuki, has taken over as Chief Operating Officer (COO), where he oversees, Sales and marketing strategy, services, and products.

Electra EV Engineering Dynamo: Chandrakant Awate, who brings a wealth of 30 years of experience at Tata Motors, has joined Electra EV and brought his expertise to drive engineering and technology development. Speculation abounds about the Ratan Tata-backed company's foray into new electric vehicle segments, with the off-road segment likely to be in the spotlight.

Rajan Amba's Journey to Jaguar Land Rover: Rajan Amba, former Vice President, Tata Motors, has taken on a new role at Jaguar Land Rover India, heading Sales, Marketing and Customer Support effective March 1, 2023.

Hero MotoCorp leadership transition: The world's largest motorcycle and scooter manufacturer, has appointed Niranjan Gupta as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective May 1, 2023. Gupta has been promoted from his position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Strategy Officer.

Dynamic Changes at Mahindra & Mahindra: Mahindra & Mahindra has witnessed several major changes, including the resignation of CB Gurnani, the entry of Pamela Tico as Vice President and Chief Public Affairs Officer of the Automotive Group and the appointment of Kausalya Nandakumar as Chief Operating Officer of Mahindra Electric Vehicles Limited

Leadership change at Suzuki Motorcycle India: Kenichi Umeda has taken over as the new CEO of Suzuki Motorcycle India, succeeding Satoshi Uchida.

Renault's strategic communication move: Renault India has appointed Nabil Khan as Director and Head - Public Affairs, Communications and CSR, leveraging his 15 years of experience in the media industry.

New leadership of Stellantis India: Aditya Jairaj has taken over as CEO and Managing Director of Stellantis India with effect from January 1, 2024, succeeding Roland Boucharat. Meanwhile, Sunil Mittal and Nipun Mahajan are resigning from their sales and marketing positions.

Uber's Strategic Business Development Move: Uber India and South Asia has welcomed Arnab Kumar as Chief Business Development Officer, bringing with him 17 years of technology and financial services experience to the ride-hailing giant.

Shell India: Mansi Madan Tripathi has taken over as the new National President of Shell India with effect from October 1, 2023, succeeding Nitin Prasad.

Tesla's financial leadership change: Vaibhav Taneja, of Indian origin, has taken over as Tesla's CFO, succeeding Zachary Kirkhorn.

Ford: Ford Motor Co. has promoted Kumar Galhotra to chief operating officer, overseeing the global industrial system.

Volvo Cars India: Jyotsana Singh Kaushik has taken over the position of Director of marketing and Public Relations at Volvo Cars India, bringing two decades of experience to the role.

ACMA Leadership Changes: Shraddha Suri Marwah and Vikrampati Singhania take over the posts of President and Vice-President respectively.

Pod Point EV Leadership: Andy Palmer, former CEO of Switch Mobility, has taken over as interim CEO at Pod Point, with the goal of contributing to building a net-zero emissions future.

Bosch Group: Guruprasad Mudlapur has taken over as Chairman of Bosch Group India, succeeding Sumitra Bhattacharya.

Continental: Ismail Degli successfully led the Autonomous Mobility business area at Continental, succeeding Frank Pietznik

Hella India: Rama Shankar Pandey, former CEO of Hella India Lighting, has taken over as CEO of Tata Green Battery.

As the automotive industry bids farewell to 2023, these strategic appointments and departures set the stage for an exciting and transformative journey in the year ahead.

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