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Rakesh Sharma takes over as President at IMMA

Team OD  | Published: April 23, 2020, 07:00 AM IST

Bajaj Auto Executive Director, Rakesh Sharma has been appointed as President at the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) - a body that represents global two-wheeler industry. Elected in May 2019, Sharma was holding the responsibility of Vice-President at IMMA. The IMMA Spring Congress, originally planned to be held between April 20-24, 2020 in New Delhi, was changed into a series of meetings by conference call and correspondence. The election of the new President took place through a General Assembly by correspondence on April 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Bajaj Auto Executive Director, Rakesh Sharma has been appointed as President at the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA)

Sharma succeeds Mr Johannes Loman, Director of PT Astra International Tbk and Executive Vice President Director PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) Indonesia, and President of FAMI - Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries and President of AISI, the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association.

On being elected, Rakesh Sharma said "Indeed these are very challenging times and I take up this prestigious appointment fully conscious of the role the motorcycle industry has to play both as a key industry and a responsible member of the society. Whilst we are facing numerous difficulties, we can also see that in due course new but different opportunities will emerge. The role of national, regional and global associations such as SIAM and IMMA is now more important than ever and we will work hard to ensure we play a strong and responsible role in the recovery.''

Rakesh Sharma joined Bajaj Auto in October 2007 as President (International Business) and is currently the Executive Director. He is a member of the Board of Commissioners of PT Bajaj Auto Indonesia, a subsidiary of Bajaj Auto Ltd and the Chairman of the Exports Council of SIAM.

IMMA combines the Powered Two and Three-Wheeler (PTWs) manufacturers from various countries and regions across the world including USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, apart from SIAM in India.

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