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Gurupratap Boparai takes over as Skoda Auto India MD

Skoda has identified India as one of the markets with tremendous importance for its future growth strategy.

business Updated: Apr 02, 2018 15:22 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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The logo of Skoda cars is seen beside main building of Volkswagen brand at the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg. The logo of Czech-based Skoda cars is seen beside the main building of its core Volkswagen brand at the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg July 13, 2005. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Files

Czech carmaker Skoda on Monday said Gurpratap Boparai has taken charge as the Managing Director of its Indian arm -- Skoda Auto India Private Ltd. (SAIPL).

In his new role, Boparai will be reporting directly to Skoda Auto CEO Bernhard Maier, the company said in a statement.

He will be responsible for its development in the domestic market, the statement added.

“Boparai’s appointment comes at an opportune moment when Skoda is set to strengthen its position in the Indian market. He brings with him vast knowledge of the Indian automotive landscape, which will enable the company to implement a comprehensive expansion plan,” Skoda Auto CEO Bernhard Maier said.

Skoda has identified India as one of the markets with tremendous importance for its future growth strategy.

In 2017, the company’s sales in India grew by around 30 per cent at 17,438 units. It currently sells four models --sedans Octavia, Superb and Rapid along with SUV Kodiaq -- in India.

Volkswagen India also announced the appointment of Bishwajeet Samal as marketing head of its India operations with effect from June this year.

Samal is currently responsible for regional marketing, international communications at Volkswagen AG, Germany. He had joined Volkswagen India in 2008.

First Published: Apr 02, 2018 15:22 IST