Balendran is now the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
Renault Nissan Automotive India (RNAIPL). Balendran replaces Colin MacDonald, the
outgoing MD & CEO, RNAIPL. After successful completion of his tenure at
RNAIPL, Colin MacDonald will move on to a new role based in Europe. Sambath Kumar has been appointed as the
Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for Nissan India Operations.
will be responsible for all the manufacturing operations of the Renault-Nissan
Alliance factory at Oragadam, Chennai, while Kumar will lead finance for Nissan
India Operations (Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. and Renault Nissan Automotive
India Pvt. Ltd.)
Balendran brings more than two decades
of experience in automobile manufacturing in India and international markets.
He was the first employee to join RNAIPL in 2008 and over the years has worked
in various functions, including the Head of Stamping at the Nissan South Africa
(NSA) Plant in Pretoria. Based in Chennai, Balendran will report to Thomas Kuehl, President –
Nissan India Operations in India, and functionally to Sakamoto Masahiro, RVP
Monozukuri, AMI, Nissan and Pascal Felten, RSVP Alliance, Africa Middle East
and India (AMI)Monozukuri.
is an industry veteran with over two decades of experience and has played key
roles in finance, internal controlling, audit and strategic planning. He joined
the Nissan family in 2009 and in this new position will be based in Chennai and
report to Thomas Kuehl, President – Nissan India Operations and Jay Cook, RVP
Finance and GA, AMI Nissan.
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