Toyota Kirloskar's Sudeep Dalvi takes two-year purchasing post in Michigan

Toyota Kirloskar's Sudeep Dalvi takes two-year purchasing post in Michigan

Sudeep Dalvi has taken a two-year development assignment with Toyota Motor North America's (TMNA) purchasing operation in York, Michigan, working in a general manager capacity.

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Dalvi most recently served as head of purchasing, design and engineering at Toyota Kirloskar, the Indian unit of the Japanese automaker.

Toyota also promoted its India senior vice-president of sales & marketing N Raja as the deputy managing director of Toyota Kirloskar. He also has the additional responsibility of leading the Lexus brand in India.

Ex-MINI boss Jochen Goller appointed President and CEO of BMW China

Ex-MINI boss Jochen Goller appointed President and CEO of BMW China

BMW Group has announced that Jochen Goller (51) will take over the position of President and CEO of BMW Group Region China with effect from March 1, 2018.

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He succeeds Olaf Kastner (62), who has overseen the company's successful growth in China over the last eight years. Olaf Kastner will continue to support the BMW Group on overarching issues in China.

Jochen Goller (pictured) joined the BMW Group in 1999 and gained valuable insights into the Chinese market from 2004 – 2009, when he was the company's Head of Marketing in the country. From 2009 – 2015, he led the MINI business firstly in the UK and then globally. He subsequently returned to the fast-moving Chinese market in 2015, to oversee sales and marketing as Senior Vice President of the BMW Brilliance Automotive Joint Venture. In his new position from March 1, 2018, Jochen Goller will be responsible for the BMW Group business in Greater China, including coordination with the Joint Venture.

Olaf Kastner led the China Joint Venture operations for six years and the business of the BMW Group Region China over the last two years. Kastner's significant contribution to China has been honoured by the government with a "Permanent Resident Permit".

He is handing over a strong business and a proven team. The BMW Group has a long-term commitment to the Chinese market. Since 2009, the company has built state-of-the-art production facilities in Shenyang. Sales of BMW and MINI cars in the first 11 months of this year reached a new high of 542,362 units. With its strong brands, solid dealer network and a total of 16 new products to be launched in 2018, the BMW Group strives to continue its success in China. With the wide range of R&D activities and extensive local production, the company is set for future growth and a continuing contribution to the local market.

Volvo Cars announces changes to its executive management team

Volvo Cars announces changes to its executive management team

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has appointed Mårten Levenstam (pictured) to the position of senior vice president product strategy and business ownership.

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Levenstam's appointment coincides with the merging of the product strategy team and the vehicle line management team. He will in his new role join the executive management team and oversee the product creation operations.

"Mårten brings a wealth of experience, strategic clarity and a healthy dose of creativity and I am very happy to welcome him as a new member of the executive management team," said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive.

Levenstam said: "The product strategy and business ownership unit entails a new way of working that will help us make the right strategic decisions. I very much look forward to continuing our transformation with the product strategy and business ownership team."

Paul Welander, currently senior vice president vehicle line management, will take up a new position as Senior Advisor, reporting to chief executive Håkan Samuelsson.

"Volvo Cars has the fortunate position of being an attractive partner in a number of areas, to other companies and to branches of local government. In his new role, Paul will secure that we enter into the right partnerships in our Swedish key regions," said Håkan Samuelsson.

Welander said: "With all opportunities Volvo has for partnerships, there is a need to prioritise and carefully choose with whom to work. I am thrilled to take on this new responsibility."

The changes were effective as of January 1, 2018.

Toyota names sales and marketing expert as new CEO for Korean operations

Toyota names sales and marketing expert as new CEO for Korean operations

Toyota Motor has named a sales and marketing expert as chief of its Korean operations in a move to drive up sales further.

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Nobuyuki Takemura, Toyota's marketing general manager of the Middle East and North Africa division, took the helm at Toyota Motor as president and CEO, Toyota Motor Korea said in a statement.

Current Toyota Motor Korea President and CEO Yoshida Akihisa is now back in Japan after serving as the country manager in Korea for the past four years, it said.

In the January-November period, the Japanese carmaker sold 21,954 Toyota and Lexus models in the Korean passenger vehicle market, up 26% from 17,464 units a year earlier.

The full-year results will be released early this month by the Korea Automobile Importers and Exporters Association.

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