GM appoints Arvind Saxena as president and managing director

Arvind SaxenaGeneral Motors yesterday appointed Arvind Saxena, former managing director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, as the president and managing director of its Indian unit.

The appointment would take effect from 1 March according to the company's statement.

Saxena, 54, replaces Lowell Paddock, who moves to GM International Operations (GMIO) as vice president, planning and programme management.

GM executive V-P and international operations president Stefan Jacoby said GM was delighted to have Saxena join its team and lead the company to a successful future in India.

Saxena's experience of about two decades spans several functional areas including sales, marketing and management with several Indian and global automakers.

He started his career in 1983 as area manager in the motorcycles and scooter division of Escorts Ltd, moving in 1992 to Bajaj Auto as regional manager, North India. He joined Maruti Udyog, three years later, as regional manager, Western India.

He returned to Maruti as general manager of sales after a year at Fiat India in 1999. He was later was promoted as chief general manager of sales.