Martin Uhlarik takes over from Pratap Bose, who until recently was Tata Motors' Vice-President of Global Design.
In a sudden and rather unexpected move, Tata Motors has announced the departure of Pratap Bose from the company. Bose recently made headlines for being nominated for the 2021 World Car Person of the Year award. Replacing him as Tata's new Global Design Head is Martin Uhlarik, who until recently was serving as the Head of Design for Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC).
In his career that's spanned over 27 years so far, Uhlarik has been involved in the designing of successful nameplates with leading global OEMs. Since joining Tata Motors back in 2016 as Head of Design, UK, he has led the development of the Impact 3 generation of vehicles.
Sharing his thoughts on Uhlarik's appointment, Mr Guenter Butschek (CEO & MD – Tata Motors) said, 'I am delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Uhlarik as the new Global Design Head of Tata Motors. Martin is an experienced automobile designer with deep domain knowledge of design, a keen understanding of international trends and extensive operational experience with leading automobile companies in several geographies. His rich experience and expertise will inspire our teams to further enhance our vehicle design philosophy and language. I take this opportunity to also thank Pratap for his services and wish him the best for the future.'
Given the current global scenario, Uhlarik will continue to operate from TMETC in the UK and will lead the design teams at the three Tata Motors Design centres in Coventry (UK), Turin (Italy) and Pune (India). He will report to Mr Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit at Tata Motors.
As for Bose, it's yet to be confirmed where he's headed next.