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Hero MotoCorp appoints Pawan Munjal as its new chairman

Team OD  | Updated: June 02, 2015, 01:31 PM IST

Brijmohan Lall (91) had stated his desire to step down from the board and the members unanimously accepted the request. He will be Hero MotoCorp's chairman emeritus and will continue to guide the company as a non-executive director.

Pawan Munjal with the 50 millionth motorcycle, the ExtremePawan Munjal with the 50 millionth motorcycle, the Extreme

Pawan Munjal has already been hard at work building the new Hero MotoCorp after its split with long term partner Honda. A new R&D division has come up and Hero is shortly expected to show its first all-new indigenous products - most probably the Dash scooter. Hero counts Austrian R&D firm AVL and Italian Engines Engineering among their development partners. The third partner, Erik Buell Racing which Hero was said to have purchased a stake in has, as you know, filed for bankruptcy protection.


New Delhi, June 1, 2015: Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL), the world's largest two-wheeler manufacturer, today saw the passing of baton with Mr. Pawan Munjal being appointed as the new Chairman of Hero MotoCorp. The company's Board today unanimously approved his appointment as the Chairman, Managing Director & CEO of Hero MotoCorp. The Board took up this matter during its meeting today as per the desire expressed by Dr. Brijmohan Lall to relinquish his duties as the Executive Chairman of the company. While accepting his offer, the Board requested him to continue to be the guide and mentor of the company in the form of Chairman Emeritus, which he accepted. Dr. Brijmohan Lall will continue to be part of the Board as a non-executive Director. Dr. Brijmohan Lall has been the Chairman of Hero MotoCorp since its inception in 1984. With this transition, the top leadership succession plan, which was initiated in August last year with the elevation of Mr. Pawan Munjal as Vice Chairman, has come to its logical conclusion. Under the leadership of Mr. Pawan Munjal, Hero has remained the world's largest two-wheeler manufacturer in terms of unit volumes sold in a calendar year by a single company since 2001 – the year he took over as the MD & CEO. Pawan Munjal has consistently demonstrated his visionary leadership to emerge as one of India's highly-respected business leaders. Even in a highly-competitive and volatile market, he has guided Hero MotoCorp to not just consolidate its leadership status, but also expand its global footprint across continents. Hero MotoCorp continues to command well over 50 per cent share in the domestic motorcycle market in India. The company sold record 6.63 million units two-wheelers in the financial year 2015 (Apr 2014-March 31 2015) – its highest-ever annual sales.


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