Country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki Thursday said it has appointed Hisashi Takeuchi as the Managing Director and CEO for a period of three years with effect from April 1, 2022.Takeuchi will succeed incumbent CEO Kenichi Ayukawa- a whole-time director – who will be designated as Executive Vice-Chairman for a period of six months with effect from 1 st April, 2022 till 30th September, 2022.
Furthermore, these appointments are subject to shareholders’ approval.
“India is one of the most interesting and promising automobile markets in the world and it has been both a challenging and a fulfilling stint for me. Takeuchi has an excellent understanding of the Indian as well as international markets and is placed well to lead Maruti Suzuki into the future,” said Ayukawa.
The newly appointed CEO said, “I thank the Board of Directors for placing this trust in me. Maruti Suzuki is a great organization with a rich legacy and it will be my endeavour that we keep serving more and more customers both in India and the world with exciting cars that are good for them, the environment and society. We will also try to build our business in a manner that strengthens Atma-Nirbhar Bharat and the economic growth of India.”
Takeuchi joined Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) in 1986. With vast experience in the international operations at SMC as well as in overseas markets, he has been on the Board of Maruti Suzuki since July 2019 and as Joint Managing Director (Commercial) since April 2021. Ayukawa has been the Managing Director of Maruti Suzuki India since April 2013.