Mumbai, June 13: Girish Wagh, the key figure behind the Tata Nano and the Ace, will now lead the commercial vehicle business of Tata Motors.
The company today announced the appointment of Wagh as the head of the commercial vehicle business unit and made him a member of the executive committee.
Wagh will take charge of the new responsibilities with immediate effect and will closely work with Ravindra Pisharody for a smooth transition.
Tata Motors said the replacement for Wagh as the head of product line MHCV (medium & heavy commercial business) will be announced in due course. In the meantime, Wagh will continue to oversee the MHCV business too.
Wagh, a mechanical engineer from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology, did a post-graduate programme in manufacturing from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, following which he joined Tata Motors in 1992.
While he had a role in the Indica launch, he is more known for bringing out the Nano where he headed a 500-strong team. He is also key to the Tata Ace launch.
On June 5, Pisharody had resigned, citing personal reasons. The company then announced the appointment of executive director Satish Borwankar to a newly created position of chief operating officer.
Tata Motors had also extended the tenure of Borwankar as executive director by two years.
Pisharody, among the senior most in the company's management, had been holding the position of executive director (commercial vehicles) since June 21, 2012, after having joined Tata Motors as vice-president commercial vehicles (sales & marketing), in 2007.
Borwankar started his career with Tata Motors in 1974 as a graduate engineer trainee. He has been the executive director (quality) since June 21, 2012. He has held various executive positions, overseeing and implementing product development, manufacturing operations and quality control initiatives of the company's commercial vehicle business unit.
While the domestic commercial vehicles (CV) industry grew 3.2 per cent in 2016-17, Tata Motors saw a 0.8 per cent dip in its domestic CV sales.
In May, the company's overall CV sales in the domestic market were at 23,606 units, down 13 per cent from the same month last year.
Tata Motors has prepared a comprehensive strategy to build a leadership position in the CV segment.