Piyush Arora to succeed Gurpratap Boparai as Skoda Auto Volkswagen India chief

    Piyush Arora will take over from March 1, 2022; will be responsible for expanding the Skoda-VW business in India.

    Published On Jan 18, 2022 03:05:00 PM

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    Skoda appoints new managing director

    Piyush Arora appointed as the new managing director of Skoda VW India

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    Piyush Arora has been appointed the new managing director of Skoda Auto Volkswagen India effective March 1. He succeeds Gurpratap Boparai and will be responsible for expanding the Volkswagen Group’s business in India, including the recent India 2.0 project of both Volkswagen and Skoda.

    • Volkswagen and Skoda will finalise the India 2.0 project this year
    • Piyush Arora has over 30 years’ experience

    Skoda Auto Volkswagen India oversees the India operations of five Volkswagen Group brands – Skoda, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini.

    “I would like to thank Gurpratap Boparai for his outstanding performance as managing director of Skoda Auto Volkswagen India. At the same time, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Piyush Arora,” said Thomas Schafer, CEO of Skoda Auto. “His task will be to advance and sustainably expand the Volkswagen Group’s business in India. I am convinced that he will succeed in this endeavour and wish him every success.”

    Volkswagen and Skoda will finalise the rollout of the India 2.0 project this year with the Skoda Slavia and the Virtus from Volkswagen, including commencing exports of the India 2.0 vehicles across the globe.

    Christian Cahn von Seelen, chairman, SAVWIPL, added, “Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and the global chip shortage, we recorded a 76 percent growth across our five brands. I am confident that Piyush Arora’s proven leadership will help us further build on this strong momentum and continue on a sustainable growth path in 2022 and the years ahead.”

    About Piyush Arora

    Piyush Arora has over 30 years’ experience in the automotive industry and began his career at Tata Motors. He later joined Mercedes-Benz India, where he held several senior positions, including the Supervisory Board positions at Mercedes-Benz Indonesia and Vietnam. Most recently, he oversaw the business operations for Mercedes-Benz India as its executive director and head of operations.

    What do you think of the upcoming launches under Skoda VW’s India 2.0 initiative? Let us know in the comments.

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