ACMA, at its 52nd Annual Session, held on 5th September, 2012, announced change of guards in its top leadership. ACMA said it has elected Bharat Gears Chairman and Managing Director Surinder Kanwar as the new President, while Rane TRW Managing Director Harish Lakshman has been elected as the new Vice-President for one year term each.
Surinder Kanwar, an industry veteran for the last forty years, is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Gears Ltd & Raunaq International Limited. Kanwar has actively contributed to ACMA in his earlier roles as the Vice President of ACMA in 2011-12 and as the Chairman of ACMA Western Region from 2006 to 2010. He was also the Chairman of Technical Panel of ACMA during 2001-2002 and Chairman of Raw Material committee during 2005-2006.
Harish Lakshman, an engineer from BITS Pilani and an MBA from the Purdue University, USA, is currently the Vice Chairman of Rane Engine Valve Ltd and the Managing Director of Rane TRW Steering System Ltd. He has also been ACMA Chairman for the Southern Region for the period 2009-11.
Announcing the appointment of new ACMA President and Vice President, Vinnie Mehta, Executive Director, ACMA said, “We are pleased to have Surinder Kanwar on board as the ACMA President for the year 2012-13 and hope that with him at the helm, the association will scale even greater heights. We are also delighted to have Harish Lakshman, a young and dynamic industry leader as our new Vice President. Further, the new ACMA Executive Committee comprises of well known leaders from the Auto Component sector and we look forward to their active contribution through the year ahead”.
Speaking on ACMA’s vision for the coming year, Surinder Kanwar, President ACMA noted, “We shall continue to build and strengthen ACMA’s Agenda through focus on R&D, innovation and new product development through symbiotic relationships with our customers as also exploring newer opportunities for our membership for sustaining the industry competitiveness. We would also continue to engage closely with the Government on various issues critical to the auto component industry. I would also like to thank Arvind Kapur, our out-going President for his significant contribution and wish him all the success for the future. Lastly, I look forward to a challenging year ahead and to the support and commitment of all ACMA members”.
Harish Lakshman, Vice President ACMA, noted, “I would like to thank ACMA, for entrusting me with this responsibility. I look forward to working under the leadership of Surinder Kanwar during the year. I am confident that through our collective efforts we will be able to make positive interventions for the growth and development of the Auto Component industry in India”.
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