Czech automaker Skoda India’s head Sudhir Rao has resigned, after leading the operations here for more than five years.
“Rao will be leaving Skoda Auto at his own request on June 30, 2017,” Skoda Auto India spokesperson said in a statement.
The company would be announcing its successor in due course, it added without sharing a timeline.
Rao, 57, had joined Skoda Auto India as chairman and managing director on March 1, 2012. Before joining Skoda, Rao ran an international car brand’s India activities as chief operating officer.
He had joined the company at a time when it was facing challenges in Indian market specially with customer complaints over sales service.
But his departure comes at a time when advanced talks between Tata Motors and Volkswagen are on to share technologies and resources to launch economy segment models under the Skoda brand.
Last year, Skoda Auto India had reported sales of 13,370 units as against 15,457 units in 2015, down 13.5%.
Skoda, which has less than a percent of market share, is eyeing a comeback with big launches such as the Kodiaq SUV and Octavia RS sports sedan.