Volkswagen India Private Limited has announced a change in its management with the appointment of Dr Andreas Lauermann as the new president and managing director of Volkswagen India Private Limited. He is set to take over from Mahesh Kodumudi who was heading the company since March 1, 2013.
Dr Andreas Lauermann joined Volkswagen AG in 1997. He began his career in the company as the head of Industrial Engineering at Volkswagen, Wolfsburg and then went on to hold various offices ever since.
Mahesh Kodumudi meanwhile will continue his association with Volkswagen by holding a position in VW America.
Volkswagen is set to launch a refreshed Vento soon. The company will also launch a sub-four metre sedan that will be based on the Vento. The sub compact car will take on the likes of the Maruti Swift, Tata Zest, Honda Amaze, Toyota Etios and Hyundai Amaze.
Top personnel change at Volkswagen India Private Limited
Pune, May 13, 2015 – Dr. Andreas Lauermann has been appointed as the new President & Managing Director of Volkswagen India Private Limited with effect from 1st July 2015. He will succeed Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi, who will take over a responsible position with Volkswagen Group of America with effect from 1st June 2015. Mr. Kodumudi will continue to act in an Advisory Role to Volkswagen Group India in the coming months.
Dr. Andreas Lauermann (53) holds a doctorate degree from the University of Passau and Technical University Munich. He started his career with TCW Tranfer-Centrum for Production Logistics and Technology Management in Munich before joining Volkswagen AG in 1997. After holding lead positions in Industrial Engineering with Volkswagen, Wolfsburg; Autoeuropa, Portugal and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Hannover, Dr. Lauermann moved to Volkswagen Argentina in Pacheco in 2007 as General Manager of the RPU Division. In 2010 he took over the lead of Central Industrial Engineering and Optimization of Indirect Areas of the Volkswagen Group and in 2012, he took charge as the Head of Central Planning for FAW-VW in China. He returned to Volkswagen, Wolfsburg at the beginning of 2015 in the Area of Central Group Production Strategy and Planning.
Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi (49), who holds Engineering and Management degrees from India and the USA, has led Volkswagen India Private Limited since 1st March 2013. After a successful career in the Automotive Component Industry, Mr. Kodumudi joined the Volkswagen Group in 2008 and in the same year he was appointed Executive Director – Corporate Purchase, Volkswagen India Private Limited. Besides his responsibility as President & Managing Director at the Indian production company of Volkswagen in Chakan, Pune, Mr. Kodumudi became Chief Representative of Volkswagen Group India in March 2014.