Daimler India Commercial Vehicles announces senior level changes

Chennai, March 28, 2017

Chennai - As part of its ongoing organizational development, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) announces senior level changes at the helm of several departments, namely DICV’s bus business (also known as as Daimler Buses India), Marketing & Sales, and Supply Chain Management.

Said Mr. Erich Nesselhauf, Managing Director and CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles: “As experienced colleagues with impressive track records move on to new challenges, we are in the fortunate position to draw from Daimler’s global deep bench of excellence to fill these high-profile positions.”

At Daimler Buses India, Mr. Markus Villinger is moving on within Daimler Trucks Asia to lead a key project for the industrialization of Daimler commercial vehicles in South East Asia. Effective 1st May 2017, he will be succeeded by Mr. Thomas Fricke, recently Head of International Planning and Production Strategy at Daimler Buses headquarters in Germany.

In Sales & Marketing, Mr. Sominder Singh is leaving the company to pursue a career outside of the Daimler group. Effective 1st May 2017, he will be succeeded by Mr. Rajaram Krishnamurthy, recently Head of Daimler Commercial Vehicles Regional Center Africa who is returning to DICV where he already held various leadership positions since 2008.

In Supply Chain Management, Mr. Benjamin Eule moved on within Daimler Trucks Asia to Japan, now heading the FUSO brand’s Network and Marketing activities. Effective 1st April 2017, he was succeeded by Mr. Ralf Mungenast, previously Head of Supply Chain Planning at Mercedes-Benz Cars headquarters in Germany.

Concluded Mr. Nesselhauf: “Mr. Markus Villinger, Mr. Sominder Singh and Mr. Benjamin Eule have made important contributions to establish DICV as a recognized, full-fledged player in the world’s toughest commercial vehicle market. On behalf of the entire company, I would like to thank them for their dedication and wish them well for their future endeavours. At the same time, I extend a very warm welcome to the new members of our leadership team and congratulate them on their decision to join one of the most fascinating entities within Daimler’s global business.”


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Daimler Trucks Asia at a Glance

Daimler Trucks Asia combines the strength of two distinct legal entities Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), collaborating on a range of topics ranging from product development, production and R&D to Sales & market development activities.

DICV at a Glance

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) is a 100% subsidiary of Daimler AG, Stuttgart, Germany. DICV is a full-fledged commercial vehicle player in the Indian market. It currently produces and sells above 9 to 49 tons trucks for the Indian volume market, under the brand BharatBenz. BharatBenz stands for Indian engineering with German DNA. Under its bus division, the company produces and sells BharatBenz buses and Mercedes-Benz buses from its manufacturing plant at Oragadam. Bharat-Benz products have been engineered to serve all major customer segments with a focus on total-cost-of ownership, safety, reliability and comfort. Trucks including knocked-down vehicle kits as well as buses and bus chassis produced for the FUSO brand and the Mercedes-Benz brand are exported to more than 30 markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The state-of-the-art production plant at Oragadam near Chennai spreads over 400 acres (160 hectares) and was opened in 2012. The site is also home to DICV’s headquarters and R&D operations, and features a highly modern test track. DICV has made an overall investment of more than INR 5,000 crores. In August 2016, less than four years after the start of production, the milestone of 50,000 produced vehicles was crossed – an unprecedented ramp-up in the Indian commercial vehicle industry.