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Old 18th August 2010, 20:54   #1
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Default Power Personalities in Indian Auto Industry!

Guys, listed here are the 18 Powerful persons who run the Indian Auto Industry.

Whom will you prefer as the most powerful person with strong personality and why ?

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1. Shinzo Nakanishi (Maruti Suzuki India Ltd)
2. H W Park (Hyundai Motor India Ltd)
3. Ratan Tata (Tata Motors Ltd)
4. Anand Mahindra (Mahindra & Mahindra)
5. Karl Slym (GM India)
6. Micheal Boneham (Ford India)
7. Hiroshi Nakagawa (Toyota Kirloskar Motor)
8. Takashi Nagai (Honda Siel Cars)
9. Rajiv Kapoor (Fiat India)
10. Thomas Kuehl (Skoda India)
11. Jorg Mueller (Volkswagen India)
12. Manoj Jha (HM - Mitsubishi)
13. Marc Nassif (Renault India)
14. Wilfried Aulbur (Mercedes Benz India Ltd)
15. Andreas Schaaf (BMW India)
16. Micheal Perschke (Audi India)
17. Kiminobu Tokoyoma (Nissan India)
18. Paul De Voijs (Volvo Cars India)
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Add GTO to that. I wouldn't buy a car he hasn't reviewed.
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Old 18th August 2010, 21:19   #3
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Add GTO to that. I wouldn't buy a car he hasn't reviewed.

Harsh, am talking about MD / CEO's who run the automobile company and not journalists who write reviews !!!!
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@PCS: relax Harsh said it in good nature and i am sure we all agree,woudnt you? .I know what you mean my personalities in official positions,however i would disagree with your list.
You have just listed the CEOs according to their car sales but i would put Ratan Tata right at the top.
Ravi Kant and Jagdish Khattar were also very powerful at their time.
When it comes to personality a lot of these CEOs are not really visible.I would say Karl Sym and wilfred aulbur have been pretty good in creating a buzz about their brands and themselves.

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@PCS: relax Harsh said it in good nature and i am sure we all agree,woudnt you? .I know what you mean my personalities in official positions,however i would disagree with your list.
You have just listed the CEOs according to their car sales but i would put Ratan Tata right at the top.
Ravi Kant and Jagdish Khattar were also very powerful at their time.
When it comes to personality a lot of these CEOs are not really visible.I would say Karl Sym and wilfred aulbur have been pretty good in creating a buzz about their brands and themselves.
Yep, add :
  • BVR Subbu who got Hyundai off to a flyer in India
  • Pawan Goenka, who haskept Mahindra in the lead in the UV segment.
  • Rajiv Dube who was the man behind the Indica/Indigo, Nano and Vista/Manza
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Ratan Tata off course. He has brought Tata a long way as a leading car manufacturer in India (Last month Tata was at number 2 ). Remember those days, when Tata is used to be known only for trucks & buses. Indica was his first dream project. And now we see so many cars from Tata which are doing good like Vista, Manza, Safari, Nano etc. He always feels that making affordable cars for common man in India is important. He is doing the same. He has created a great brand name all over the world for Tata. I am sure in next 5-10 years, TATA will be considered as a one of the finest brands in Automobile all over the world. Collaboration with Fiat & buying Jaguar & Land Rover will help in achieving the same. Three cheers to Tata & great man behind it, Ratan Tata.
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Ratan Tata.

I think he will get around 60% of the total votes.
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Ratan Tata for sure.
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The list is missing people like the Bajajs, Munjals of Hero, Venu Srinivasan of TVS and people behind other companies like Ashok Leyland, Eicher, Escorts Yamaha etc, who wield power albeit quietly.
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My vote is for Mahindra. The did a fantastic job on SUVs. I would also add Aravind Mathew from Ford to the list - maybe remove Micheal and replace with Aravind.
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Ratan TATA, most ethical business person. Take over of JLR , Land Rover, tie up with FIAT, World truck, Daewoo, Corus, Hispano name it all where an Indian was not considered and he has won the BID hands on.

His vision and roadmap is undoubtedly the best.
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Ratan Tata - power personality No.1
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I would'nt focus too much on the expats. They come in for a couple of years just to get that promotion and then move on.

This is one of the big reasons for Ford and GM India seeming like they were driving blindfolded all these years.
  1. Ratan Tata is the top dog...chairman by title, but he is very hands on and involved deeply in the company. Sumo Grande is a rare mistake.
  2. Pavan Goenka and Anand Mahindra...great team posting one home run after another. Logan was a rare and costly mistake.
  3. Rajiv Bajaj comes in next for teaching the Japs a thing or two about making and selling premium motorcycles. Not able to figure out scooters though.

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Let the members bring up additional leaders, then we'll put up a poll. The opening post is incomplete and misses out on power personalities like Jagdish Khattar, Pawan Goenka and Rajiv Bajaj.

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Add GTO to that. I wouldn't buy a car he hasn't reviewed.
Thanks, that's very flattering but I humbly refuse.

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not journalists who write reviews !!!!
Hey, just a clarification : I am NOT a journalist. Being part of Team-BHP's leadership team has a lot more to do than just reviewing cars. Believe me, it forms a small % of the responsibility list.
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Hey, just a clarification : I am NOT a journalist. Being part of Team-BHP's leadership team has a lot more to do than just reviewing cars. Believe me, it forms a small % of the responsibility list.
Amazing how a small % of someones responsibility forms a large % of someone else's decision making process.



It's nice to have a leadership team that's does not try to creat an overt influence based on personal views and is a neutral as can be.

Poll is a good idea once we have the other names on board.
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