It is not wrong to say that the year 2020 took a very hard toll on Automobile sector. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic changes the whole working culture of the industry from direct meetings to work from home. But as we always say life must goes on and try to enjoy every bit of life, the Automobile industry learnt and adapted to new ways of working. Many senior dignitaries join and quit the automotive sector during the year.
Mayank Pareek retires from Tata Motors
Mayank Pareek, President of Tata Motors passenger vehicle business unit, resigned from his post and will retire in February 2021. Shailesh Chandra, formerly head of the company’s electric vehicle division, replaced him in April 2020.
Kia’s Manohar Bhat quits
Following the spectacular and successful launch of Seltos and Sonet, Manohar Bhat, who was the founder marketing and sales head of Kia Motor India, hung up his shoes. He pushed these new SUV brands from Kia to astonishing pace in the market. Before joining Kia Motor India in 2017, Bhat was the chairman of Maruti Suzuki and the most successful automobile manufacturers in India, Hyundai Motors and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company.
Rudratej Singh sudden demise (BMW)
In early April, BMW India President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rudratej Singh (46), succumbed to a massive cardiac arrest. Rudratej Singh had joined BMW group in August 1, 2019. Prior to this, Rudy had served as the President of Eicher Motors’ motorcycle arm, Royal Enfield, from January 2015 to 2019.