Friday, September 19, 2014
By Jitendra Singh
R S Kalsi to head domestic sales and marketing department of Maruti Suzuki India Limited
After the sudden exit of its marketing head Mayank Pareek, Maruti Suzuki India on Thursday appointed RS Kalsi as the new head of its domestic marketing and sales. Kalsi in the rank of executive director, heads the critical spare parts, accessories and outbound logistics divisions of the company. He will report to the Kenichi Ayukawa, MD of Maruti Suzuki India. A mechanical engineer from the Delhi College of Engineering, Kalsi joined Maruti in 1984. According to his profile, he served in various roles, including vendor development, supply chain, parts inspection and engineering. He was also associated with the company's foray into new businesses like the used-car vertical called Maruti True Value and The Motor.
The company has not changed the status of Shashank Srivastava, also an executive director, who will continue to head the crucial international marketing division for the company. He is in charge for export of cars from India to several overseas markets under the parent Suzuki Motor Corporation. Srivastava will also report to Ayukawa. The company remained silent on the exit of Pareek, the high-ranking Indian executive who operated as senior executive officer (marketing and sales), and resigned last week. Commenting on the new appointment, Ayukawa said: "RS Kalsi has served as our national sales head, before which he led the company's foray into a various businesses. Starting out as an engineer on the Maruti shop floor, Kalsi has performed multiple roles.
With Kalsi heading our domestic marketing and sales efforts, and Shashank spearheading our international operations, we will be in a good position to strengthen our relationship with customers and achieve our goal of two million vehicle sales." Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki India also said voting by minority shareholders over its move to let parent Suzuki Motor own and invest in Gujarat plant will likely happen in November instead of October as earlier envisaged.
Courtesy: Economic Times