General Motors India has announced the appointment of Swati Bhattacharya as vice president of Communications and Pankaj Gupta as vice president of Government Relations and Public Policy. Both appointments are effective September 10, 2015.
“When we recently announced a new $1 billion investment strategy for the Indian market, we highlighted that new people will join General Motors to help us as we grow in India,” said Arvind Saxena, President and Managing Director, General Motors India said. “Adding Swati and Pankaj to the GM India team will help extend GM’s profile with important stakeholders such as the media and policy makers and develop the GM brand in this market. I am very glad that they are coming on board at one of the most exciting times in GM’s history in India.”
Indeed, the addition of Ms. Bhattacharya and Mr. Gupta follow a host of other changes to GM India organization.
Swati Bhattacharya – VP Of Communications
Working from GM India’s headquarters in Gurgaon, Swati Bhattacharya is responsible for GM India Communications strategy, which includes the rebuilding of the reputation of the Chevrolet brand as well as partnering with GM India Marketing to grow the awareness of the brand.
She reports directly to GM India President and Managing Director Arvind Saxena and functionally to GM International Vice President of Communications Lori Arpin.
Bhattacharya came to GM India from Ingersoll Rand India, where she had served as vice president of Corporate Relations, Public Affairs and Branding. Earlier, she was head of Corporate Relations at Agilent Technologies, head of Corporate Communications at Jindal Stainless Ltd., account director and consultant at Corporate Voice Shandwick, and executive manager of Corporate Relations at Vedika Software and Allindia Technologies. Bhattacharya has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loreto College at North Bengal University.
Pankaj Gupta – VP Of Government Relations & Public Policy
Also working from GM India’s headquarters in Gurgaon, Pankaj Gupta is responsible for working with central and state government officials as well as with industry bodies on policies impacting GM and the Indian automotive industry.
He reports directly to Arvind Saxena and functionally to GM International Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy Matt Hobbs.
Gupta most recently served as chief general manager of External Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Volkswagen India. Earlier, he was general manager of the External Affairs and CSR Division at Toyota Kirloskar Motor, senior director of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), secretary of the All India Industrial Gases Manufacturers’ Association, secretary of the Northern India Textile Mills’ Association, deputy secretary of the Indian Cotton Mills’ Federation and deputy secretary of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has a Master of Arts degree in economics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.
P. Balendran – Senior Advisor
In addition to the appointments of Bhattacharya and Gupta to their respective positions, P. (Bala) Balendran, who has served as GM India vice president of Corporate Affairs since joining GM India in 1998, will take on a new position of senior advisor to the company. His appointment is effective October 31st, 2015.
“I want to thank Bala for his valuable contributions to GM India over the past 17 years,” said Saxena. “We look forward to his continued service to our company in his new role.”