Sumit Sawhney is new CEO of Renault India

The French car manufacturer, Renault SAS today announced the appointment of Sumit Sawhney as Country CEO and Managing Director for Renault Group operations in India, according to a company statement.
Sumit assumes office Marc Nassif, who moves to a global assignment within the group. The appointment is effective from February 1, 2014. Sumit will be responsible for managing the entire operations for Renault in India and will report to Gilles Normand- Chairman, Asia Pacific Region for Renault.
Sumit joined Renault in India as Executive Director in September 2012 from General Motors. With strong experience of two decades in the Indian automotive horizon, Sumit has spent a significant part of his tenure in augmenting sales, marketing, after-sales business and network development for the company. He was also part of a major transition at the US car company, which saw sales surge in India.
Brand equity
Sumit has been instrumental in establishing the Renault brand in India and setting the company on a growth trajectory. In his tenure, Renault Duster has become one of the top selling SUV in the country. Sumit joined Renault, when the automotive industry was going through a down turn and inspired, motivated the team to establish Renault brand among the top 10 automotive brands in India within three years of its operations.
Gilles Normand- Chairman, Asia Pacific Region for Renault said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marc Nassif who has played a pivotal role in successfully launching Renault in India. At the same time I am glad that Sumit is taking over India operations with his rich experience and in-depth understanding of the Indian automotive business. He has played a key role in carving a niche for Renault in India and also helped establish the brand amidst strong competition. I am confident that with his leadership, vision and extensive experience he will be instrumental in further driving the growth and performance for our operations in India”.
With his keen focus on out-of-the-box thinking he has been managing the company’s marketing and sales strategies and has brought new dimensions to innovatively project the Renault Brand in India. His contribution helped continuing the company’s successful growth in the country. Under his leadership, Renault India has consistently set new benchmarks and has been able to establish itself as a well-respected brand among customers and industry experts alike.
Marc Nassif the outgoing Country CEO and MD said: “India journey over the past eight years has been full of challenges and great learning having launched Renault brand and five product portfolio. Renault has become a brand to reckon with and Sumit has played a significant part in this journey. I am confident with his eye-to-detail attitude he would take Renault to the pole position of international brands in India. I wish Sumit and team in India a great success as I am equally excited to continue working for Renault Global”.
Renault India Private Ltd is a fully owned subsidiary of Renault S.A.S., France and currently offers five models in the Indian market – the premium sedan Fluence, the luxury SUV Koleos, the premium compact car, Pulse, the SUV, Duster and the premium sedan, Scala. Renault India also exports the Duster to a growing number of right-hand drive markets.
Renault cars are manufactured in the manufacturing facility located in Oragadam, Chennai, with a capacity of 480,000 units per annum. Currently, Renault India also has a widespread presence of 125 dealer outlets across the country with benchmark sales and service quality.
Renault’s robust product line up and services have also seen strong recognition among customers and industry experts alike, winning a record-breaking 41 titles, including 29 accolades for the Duster as well as awards for the Pulse and Scala, making Renault the most awarded automotive brand in a single year in the country.


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