Renault names Sumit Swahney as India MD, chief executive

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Renault, France on Wednesday announced the appointment of Sumit Sawhney as Country CEO and managing director for Renault Group operations in India. Sumit takes over from 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, a statement from the company said.

Having joined Renault in India as its executive director in September, 2012 from General Motors, Sumit with a two decade experience in the Indian automotive industry, has spent a significant part of his tenure with the company in augmenting sales, marketing, after-sales business and network development for Renault. He was also part of a major transition at the US car company, which saw sales surge in India, the statement pointed out.

Crediting Marc Nassif for having played a pivotal role in successfully launching Renault in India, Normand said, Sumit “with his leadership, vision and extensive experience will be instrumental in further driving the growth and performance of our operations in India”.

“The India journey over the past eight years has been full of challenges and great learning having launched Renault brand and a five product portfolio. Today, Renault has become a brand to reckon with and Sumit has played a significant part in the journey,” said Marc Nassif, the outgoing Country CEO and MD. “With his eye-to-detail attitude, am confident that Sumit would take Renault to the pole position of international brands in India,” he added.

Renault India Pvt Ltd is a fully owned subsidiary of Renault SAS, France and at present offers five models in the Indian market – premium sedan Fluence, luxury SUV Koleos, 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.

Its cars in India are manufactured at the joint manufacturing facility that it established with Nissan, at Oragadam near Chennai. The plant has a combined capacity of 4.8 lakh units per annum, while Renault India has 125 dealer outlets across the country.

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