Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Limited (RNAIPL) has appointed Biju Balendran as its Managing Director & CEO. Biju replaces Colin MacDonald, who is moving to a new role in Europe after a five-year stint in India. In another management decision, RNAIPL also appointed Sambath Kumar as Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for Nissan India Operations.
RNAIPL said Biju will be responsible for all manufacturing operations of the Renault-Nissan Alliance factory at Oragadam, Chennai, while Sambath will lead finance operations of Nissan India (Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. and Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt. Ltd.).
Commenting on their appointments, Thomas Kuehl, President - Nissan India Operations, said the company aims to substantially increase plant utilisation enabling greater efficiency and building capacity to develop products, which meet the expectations of Indian customers. He expressed the hope that under the leadership of Biju, the manufacturing plant will serve as a key contributor to Nissan’s growth in India.
On the appointment of Sambath, Kuehl said his strong financial and analytical skills will help continue to execute its strategy in the Indian market.