India exec elevated to lead Toyota's sourcing in North america

January 3, 2018
Toyota also promoted its India senior vice-president of sales & marketing N Raja as the deputy managing director of Toyota Kirloskar, the local unit of the Japanese company. He also has the additional responsibility of leading the group’s luxury car brand, Lexus, in India.

Toyota Motor elevated Sudeep Dalvi, its India in charge of purchase, design and engineering, as the head of sourcing in North America in one of the latest instances where a global automobile major has promoted an Indian executive into a key international role.

Toyota also promoted its India senior vice-president of sales & marketing N Raja as the deputy managing director of Toyota Kirloskar, the local unit of the Japanese company. He also has the additional responsibility of leading the group’s luxury car brand, Lexus, in India.

Toyota has a mere 5% market share in India, but has managed to deliver impressive profits with its Innova and Fortuner models being the leaders in their respective segments and commanding a premium over rivals.

While the latest promotions, which are effective from January 1, can be seen as an acknowledgement of the local talent in driving Toyota’s performance. Proficiency of Indian executives has been recognised by others like Ford, Volvo and Renault-Nissan, appointing them in critical global roles.

At Ford, Raj Nair, Raj Rao and Kumar Galohtra manage profiles as critical and diverse as the executive vice-president of North American operations, CEO of Ford Smart Mobility and the group VP for Lincoln, respectively. Akash Passey is a senior VP at Volvo Buses Corporation heading Asian and international operations, while Ashwani Gupta is heading the light commercial business for Renault-Nissan Global.

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