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General Motors India ropes in Volkswagen honcho as India CEO

Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 6:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Auto industry veteran Arvind Saxena will take charge of India operations of General Motors after completing 18 months stint with German car manufacturer Volkwagen in India.

General Motors on Friday announced Saxena's appointment as new president and managing director of GM India.

Saxena, who succeeds Lowell Paddock, takes charge of GM India at a time when the company is coping with low volumes in India and the controversial Tavera issue, where the company has been dealing with issues of violating emission norms.

"GM is committed to India, and with Arvind's leadership, we look forward to recognising the long-term growth potential of the market," said Stefan Jacoby, GM, executive vice-president and president, GM International Operations (GMIO).

The company said that Paddock, who joined GM India since January 2012, is moving to GMIO as vice president, planning & programme management.

Prior to his appointment at GM, Saxena was managing director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars and a member of the board of directors of Volkswagen Group Sales India.

With an experience of more than two decades, Saxena has worked with auto companies including Bajaj Auto, Maruti Udyog. And Hyundai Motor India.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen India also announced some key appointments.

Mahesh Kodumudi, president and managing director, Volkswagen India, has been appointed as group chief representative for the Volkswagen Group in India with immediate effect. Thierry Lespiaucq will take over as managing director, Volkswagen Group Sales India, from May 1.

Lespiaucq, who joined Volkswagen group in 2004, has been in the automotive industry for 35 years. Before joining Volkswagen, he was CEO of Renault-Nissan Suisse and Toyota France and spent 14 years at General Motors handling sales, after-sales and service.

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