Starting 1st March 2022, Piyush Arora will take on the position formerly held by Gurpratap Boparai.
After the announcement of Gurpratap Boparai's sudden exit as the Managing Director, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL), last month, Piyush Arora is all set to replace him starting 1st March 2022. In his new role, Piyush will be responsible for expanding the Volkswagen Group’s business in India, including the recent India 2.0 Project. For those not aware, SAVWIPL oversees the Indian operations of five Volkswagen Group brands – Skoda, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini.
Piyush Arora brings along more than 30 years of work experience in the automotive industry. He began his career with Tata Motors and later joined Mercedes-Benz India, where he held several senior positions, including the Supervisory Board positions at Mercedes-Benz Indonesia and Mercedes-Benz Vietnam. Most recently, Piyush oversaw the business operations of Mercedes-Benz India as its Executive Director and Head of Operations.
Sharing his thoughts on the matter, Thomas Schäfer (CEO – Skoda Auto) said, 'I would like to thank Gurpratap Boparai for his outstanding performance as Managing Director of Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited. I wish him all the best for the future. At the same time, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Piyush Arora. I am delighted that we have found a highly experienced professional to lead the India business.'
To this, Christian Cahn von Seelen (Chairman – SAVWIPL) added, 'It is my pleasure to welcome Piyush Arora into the India leadership team. 2021 has been a year of growth for SAVWIPL. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and the global chip shortage, we recorded a 76% growth across our five brands. I am confident that Piyush Arora’s proven leadership will help us further build on this strong momentum and continue on a sustainable growth path in 2022 and the years ahead.'
As his first major assignment, Piyush will oversee the rollout and launch of the upcoming Skoda Slavia sedan, which is likely to happen in March.