Sumit Sawhney steps in as Renault India CEO and Managing Director
Renault SAS, France has announced the appointment of Mr. Sumit Sawhney as Country CEO and Managing Director for Renault Group operations in India. Sumit Sawhney takes over from Marc Nassif, who moves to a global assignment within the group.
Sumit Sawhney joined Renault India as Executive Director in September 2012 from General Motors. With 20 years experience in the Indian automotive industry, he has spent a large part of his work life augmenting sales, marketing, after-sales business and network development for GM. He was also part of a major transition at the US car company, which saw sales surge in India.
Having played a key role in establishing the Renault brand in India, and setting the company on a growth trajectory, during his time in Renault, Duster has become one of the top selling SUV’s in India having joined the company at a time when automotive industry was going through a down turn, and has contributed to making Renault one of top 10 automotive brands in India within three years of its operations.
Mr. Gilles Normand- Chairman, Asia Pacific Region for Renault said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marc Nassif who has played a pivotal role in successfully launching Renault in India. At the same time I am glad that Sumit is taking over India operations with his rich experience and in-depth understanding of the Indian automotive business. He has played a key role in carving a niche for Renault in India and also helped establish the brand amidst strong competition. I am confident that with his leadership, vision and extensive experience he will be instrumental in further driving the growth and performance for our operations in India”.
With his keen focus on out-of-the-box thinking he has been managing the company’s marketing and sales strategies and has brought new dimensions to innovatively project the Renault Brand in India. His contribution helped continuing the company’s successful growth in the country. Under his leadership, Renault India has consistently set new benchmarks and has been able to establish itself as a well-respected brand among customers and industry experts alike.
Mr. Marc Nassif the outgoing Country CEO and M.D. said, “India journey over the past eight years has been full of challenges and great learning having launched Renault brand and five product portfolio. Renault has become a brand to reckon with and Sumit has played a significant part in this journey. I am confident with his eye-to-detail attitude he would take Renault to the pole position of international brands in India. I wish Sumit and team in India a great success as I am equally excited to continue working for Renault Global.”