Volkswagen chief quits to join GM India

Written by fe Bureau | Mumbai | Updated: Mar 1 2014, 15:25pm hrs
Ending months of speculation, Arvind Saxena (54) on Friday quit Volkswagen Passenger Cars Division as director, where he had served for last 18 months, to join General Motors India as the president & managing director. Saxena replaces Lowell Paddock who moves to GM International Operations as vice-president (planning & programme management).

We are delighted to have Arvind join our team and with his extensive experience, lead us in to a successful future in India, with its significant growth potential.

GM is committed to India and with Arvinds 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. Arvind began his career in 1983 as an Area Manager in the Motorcycles and Scooter Division of Escorts Ltd. He moved to Bajaj Auto in 1992, where he held the post of regional manager of North India. Three years later, he joined Maruti Udyog as Regional Manager of Western India.

After a year at Fiat India in 1999 as general manager, he returned to Maruti as general manager of Sales and later was promoted to chief general manager of Sales.

Volkswagen appoints Kodumudi India group chief representative

Mumbai, Feb 28: Following the exit of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Division India director Arvind Saxena, the German carmaker announced that Thierry Lespiaucq will replace Saxena as the managing director of Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited from May 1. Lespiaucq (58), is currently serving as Volkswagen brand director, Volkswagen de Mexico. Mahesh Kodumudi, the president and managing director of Volkswagen India has been promoted and will take the additional charge of group chief representative for the Volkswagen Group in India with immediate effect. Kodumudi (48), was the president & managing director of Volkswagen India.