Renault Nissan Automotive India (RNAIPL) has appointed Biju Balendran as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Also, Sambath Kumar has been appointed as the new Chief Finance Officer (CFO), 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.).
Biju Balendran has 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, Balendran 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 Kumar too has been in the industry for over two decades and has played key roles in finance, internal controlling, audit and strategic planning. He joined Nissan 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.
“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,” Thomas Kuehl, President - Nissan India Operations, said, commenting on the new appointments.
“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.”