Biju Balendran appointed MD of Renault Nissan Automotive India

Biju Balendran has been appointed the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Renault Nissan Automotive India (RNAIPL) and Sambath Kumar as the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for Nissan India Operations.

In their new roles, Biju will be responsible for all the manufacturing operations of the Renault-Nissan Alliance factory at Oragadam, Chennai; Sambath will lead finance for Nissan India Operations (Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. and Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt. Ltd.).

Thomas Kuehl, President – Nissan India Operations, said “As a part of the Nissan India Strategy, we aim to substantially increase plant utilization enabling greater efficiency and build capacity to develop products which meet the expectations of Indian customers. Under the leadership of Biju, the manufacturing plant will serve as a key contributor to the growth of Nissan in India.”

“Sambath has played a key role in setting up the finance function for Nissan India. His strong financial and analytical skills will help us continue to execute our strategy in Indian market”, added Kuehl.

Balendran has more than two decades of experience in automobile manufacturing in India and international markets. He was the first employee to join RNAIPL in 2008 and over the years has worked in various functions, including the Head of Stamping at the Nissan South Africa (NSA) Plant in Pretoria.

Kumar is an industry veteran with over two decades of experience and has played key roles in finance, internal controlling, audit and strategic planning.

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