BMW Group India has appointed Vikram Pawah, ex-CEO Harley-Davidson India, as its new president. Pawah will be heading the BMW Group’s entire operations in the country, while Frank Schloeder – who had been acting president of BMW India thus far- will assume a new position at BMW’s headquarters in Germany.
In an official statement, BMW India has confirmed that the new President will take office from March 1, 2017. As far as Pawah’s past working experiences go, he has held leadership positions in various automotive firms including Honda Cars India and Australia, and more recently, Harley-Davidson India. Pawah (45) has a total work experience of 25 years. He has graduated in Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Delhi University, and holds a MBA in International and Strategic Management from Victoria University in Melbourne.
Frank Schloeder (42), who’s the acting president of BMW Group India will be returning to BMW Group headquarters in Germany to take the role of head of business steering - luxury class. During his 3 year tenure in India, Schloeder was assigned the role of director marketing. In May 2016, Schloeder became the interim president after Philipp von Sahr completed his tenure as head of BMW Group in India.
Commenting on the development, Hendrik von Kuenheim, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and South Africa, BMW Group, said: “India is a growing market with great potential for mobility products and services. With his broad experience in the automotive industry and his country specific know-how, Mr. Pawah brings excellent preconditions to strengthen our position in the Indian market. We would like to thank Mr Schloeder for his remarkable accomplishments and wish him the best for his new role.”