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MUMBAI: Tata Motors has appointed former top official of Airbus Guenter Butschek (55) as its Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director. Mr. Butschek will lead all operations of Tata Motors in India and in international markets including South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and South Africa.
He brings broad functional and general management skills, and wide international experience to his new role at Tata Motors. Mr. Butschek is expected to join the company by February 15.
Mr. Butschek joins Tata Motors after his last assignment at Airbus Group where he served as Chief Operating Officer at Airbus and Member of the Group Executive Committee. Prior to Airbus, he worked at German auto giant Daimler AG for more than 25 years in international automotive management.
The last role he held was president and Chief Executive Officer of Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Daimler AG and Beijing Automotive Industrial Holding in Beijing, China.
“Tata Motors is going through an exciting yet challenging phase and Mr Butschek’s appointment comes at an opportune moment. He brings with him rich global experience of growing organizations and developing new markets. I am confident that Mr Butschek’s ability to lead high performing teams will enable our company to achieve sustainable, profitable growth,” Cyrus P. Mistry, Chairman, Tata Motors, said in a statement.
The MD & CEO post of Tata Motors has been vacant since the demise of Karl Sym in January 2014.
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