Mahesh Kodumudi, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, is appointed Group Chief Representative for the Volkswagen Group in India with immediate effect. With effect from May 1, 2014, Thierry Lespiaucq will take over as Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited. Arvind Saxena has resigned from his position as Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Division in India with immediate effect and has moved out to GM India.
Mahesh Kodumudi (48), is taking over the additional role of Group Chief Representative of Volkswagen Group India with immediate effect. He follows in this position which was earlier held by Gerasimos Dorizas, who returned to Europe in December last year, according to a company statement
With effect from May 1, 2014, Lespiaucq (58), currently is the Volkswagen Brand Director, Volkswagen de Mexico and is succeeding Kodumudi, who had temporarily taken over the additional responsibilities as Head of Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited last December.
Lespiaucq has been in the automotive industry for thirty five years. He joined the Volkswagen Group as Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars for Volkswagen Group France in May 2004. Before joining Volkswagen Group, he was CEO of Renault-Nissan Suisse and Toyota France and spent 14 years at General Motors handling Sales, After Sales and Service.
Saxena (54), who led the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Division as Director for the last 18 months has decided to leave Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited by end of February 2014.
With its headquarters in Pune, Maharashtra, the Volkswagen Group is represented by five brands in India: Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, ŠKODA, and Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Group has been present in India for the last 12 years and began its India journey with the entry of the ŠKODA brand in 2001, Audi brand and Volkswagen brand in 2007, Porsche brand and Lamborghini brand in 2012. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity in the market. Volkswagen Group India has over 25 models in India and 262 dealerships and is operating through two plants – Pune and Aurangabad. The Pune plant has a manufacturing capacity of 1,30,000 cars per year and is currently manufacturing Volkswagen Polo and Vento and ŠKODA Fabia and Rapid. The Aurangabad plant caters to various premium and luxury models of Audi, ŠKODA and Volkswagen sold in India and has an annual capacity of approximately 89,000. Volkswagen Group India is a part of Volkswagen AG, which is globally represented by 12 brands – Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Scania, SEAT, ŠKODA, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge), MAN and Volkswagen Passenger Cars.