General Motors has announced that President and Managing Director of GM India, Arvind Saxena, will retire on January 1st, 2016. He will be succeeded by Kaher Kazem, who has been serving as GM India’s chief operating officer (COO) since August.
“With Kaher’s hands-on experience and direct knowledge of the business, we are pleased to appoint him to lead GM India at this important time,” said GM Executive Vice President and GM International President Stefan Jacoby. “GM is committed to India for the long term. Kaher’s proven track record will enable us to deliver to Indian consumers the great vehicles they want and the world-class customer experience they deserve.”
Kazem joined GM Holden in Australia in 1995 as a senior engineer. He later held several leadership positions at GM Holden Manufacturing Operations. In 2009, he was appointed vice president of Manufacturing and Quality for GM Thailand/ASEAN. Prior to being appointed COO at GM India in August, he served as president and managing director of GM Uzbekistan from 2012.
Meanwhile, outgoing president Arvind Saxena has been leading GM India since early 2014.
“I want to thank Arvind, who has helped lay the foundation for the future success of GM India,” said Jacoby. “We look forward to a smooth transition to ensure the continued execution of our business transformation.”