General Motors recently announced the appointment of Arvind Saxena as the new President & Managing Director of GM India with effect from 1 March 2014. Arvind will succeed Lowell Paddock, who is moving to GM International Operations (GMIO) as Vice President, Planning & Programme Management.
“We are delighted to have Arvind join our team and with his extensive experience, lead us in to a successful future in India, with its significant growth potential. GM is committed to India and with Arvind’s leadership, we look forward to recognizing the long-term growth potential of the market” said Stefan Jacoby, GM Executive Vice President and President, GM International Operations.
Arvind has more than two decades of experience in sales, marketing and management with several Indian and global automakers. He began his career in 1983 as an Area Manager in the Motorcycles and Scooter Division of Escorts Ltd. He moved to Bajaj Auto in 1992, where he held the post of Regional Manager of North India. Three years later, he joined Maruti Udyog as Regional Manager of Western India. After a year at Fiat India in 1999 as General Manager, he returned to Maruti as General Manager of Sales and later was promoted to Chief General Manager of Sales.
Prior to his appointment at GM, Arvind was Managing Director of Passenger Cars (VW brands) and a member of the Board of Directors of Volkswagen Group Sales India.
Arvind has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Lucknow University.
Lowell, who has led GM India since January 2012, joined GM in 1992. He has held senior positions in planning, programme management and marketing in North America, Europe and Asia. He was GMIO Vice President, Planning & Programme Management, before assuming responsibility for GM India.
Stefan also thanked Paddock for his leadership at GM India in the last two years.