IAB Report – Renault India and Ford India appoint new CEOs

Posted on: Jan 30, 2014 - 3:57pm IST

Renault India has announced that Mr. Sumit Sawhney, currently serving as Executive Director of the company, will take on the role as Managing Director and CEO for Renault’s Indian operations from February 1, 2014. Mr. Sawhney takes over the position from Mr. Marc Nassif, who will move on to a global assignment within Renault.

Sumit Sawhney, MD and CEO, Renault India
Sumit Sawhney, the new MD and CEO of Renault India.

Mr. Sawhney joined Renault India in September 2012 from General Motors. He has an experience of working in the Indian automotive industry of 20 years. He will report to Mr. Gilles Normand, Chairman, Asia Pacific Region for Renault.

Renault India was not the only Chennai-based carmaker (manufacturing wise) to announce a change of guard today. Ford India has just announced that Mr. Nigel Harris, currently vice president sales and service, Ford Asia Pacific, will assume the role as the company’s president effective February, 1, 2014.

Nigel Harris, president, Ford India
Nigel Harris, the new president of Ford India.

Mr. Harris succeeds Mr. Joginder Singh, the current president of Ford India who has been assigned a new role of Director, Corporate Strategy, Ford Motor Company.

Mr. Harris began his Ford career in 1985 in New Zealand as a fleet sales analyst and has held various positions in Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. He was also associated with Indian operations when he served as the brand development manager for global B cars during Ford’s entry into the Indian market, almost 15 years ago. He will report to Mr. David Schoch, president, Ford Asia Pacific.

Renault India Announces New CEO – Press Release

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Ford India Announces New President – Press Release

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4 thoughts on “IAB Report – Renault India and Ford India appoint new CEOs

  1. M Rawat says:

    Hey PK Looks like you can’t handle the truth. Customer awareness is important. You need to grow up.

    1. PK says:

      what a joke ? I just said that guy uses every opportunity to criticize ford and its vehicles?

      If you dont buy ford car no one is bothered..you are not the only customer in india..

      You can happily buy a Swift dzire or a over rated honda amaze and be happy with it..!

  2. Ayyappan says:

    Happy with the fact that Joginder Singh is replaced. He was instrumental in goofing up the Ecosport campaign ! Ford has also lost a lot of goodwill amongst the public under him because of various indecent actions >

    a) Repeated ads proclaiming Ford Classics mileage in excess of 32 kmpl which was actually not ARAI mileage and led to wide spread chaos.
    b) Unusual delay in the launch of Ecosport.and inability to customize the global product to suit India specific requirements…small cabin and even smaller boot was widely considered as a major handicap
    c) The Ecosport Discoveries campaign bombed big time and got horrible reviews about the Ecoboost real world performance and there were reports about weird manipulative reviews forced upon by Ford.
    d) Recall of cars within few days of launch because of Glow-plug Control Module (GPCM) issue.
    e) Horrible delay in terms of delivery, customers had to wait for a year to get their car keys after booking !
    f) Bloody price hike -A price hike of 75,000 in about 6 months of launch was never seen before in India !
    g)No price protection for customers -Customers were forced to pay as per the existing car price though they’ve booked the car on the day of launch. This is where companies like Tata has tremendous goodwill amongst the public, which offered price protection even for a low cost car like Nano
    h) Ford was also exporting the car to European markets while the Indian customers suffer in agony !
    I) Forced to cancel or book other models-Now Ford seems to be forcing people to cancel their bookings or change it to Fiesta and the like ..what the hell !

    1. PK says:

      Looks like you are against ford..You are using every single opportunity to criticize ford and its vehicles..

      Grow up bro..!


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