Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
(FCA) India has announced senior level additions to its core team with Rahul
Pansare joining as the new Head of Marketing and Sushant Balsekar, the new Head
of PR & Corporate Communications. These appointments come at a significant
time as FCA gears up for the launch of Jeep in India and also planning for the
next generation of Fiat products.
Both Rahul Pansare and Sushant
Balsekar have vast and a variety of experience in their respective functions
and come to FCA India after having worked extensively with global automobile
Commenting on the two
appointments, Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FCA India
Operations, said, “I am delighted to welcome Rahul Pansare and Sushant Balsekar
to the FCA India team. They both are strong and dynamic leaders in their
respective functions and will help strengthen FCA’s presence in India. They
come in at a crucial time as we are steering the organization into an all-new
phase of development.”
Rahul Pansare, a Mechanical
Engineer and Management post graduate, comes to FCA with 15 years of diverse
experience in Sales and Marketing across domains such as FMCG, Entertainment
and Automobiles. His association with Fiat goes back to 1999 when he started
his career at Fiat India as an engineer. Prior to joining FCA he was the Head
of Communications in Volkswagen Group Sales India and the Brand custodian for
their entire range of products. He played a vital role in developing innovative
campaigns and sustaining market share for the Polo and Vento Brands in India.
Passionate about creating strong impactful marketing campaigns, Rahul sees Jeep
as the next big Brand to look out for in the Indian market and is excited about
launching and establishing the iconic Brand in India.
Sushant Balsekar, an
Automobile Engineer has 16 years of work experience spanning Automotive
Journalism, Automotive PR Consulting, Corporate, Product, Brand and Strategic
Communications as well as Marketing Communications. Prior to joining FCA he was
a dedicated Communications Consultant to General Motors India. Sushant has
previously worked in Nissan Group of India, Ford India and Ford Asia Pacific
and Africa in a variety of communication roles. Through his career in
Automobile PR and Communications he led several product launches and external
communications initiatives. Among many other assignments, he was responsible
for the planning and the market launch of the Ford EcoSport in India and also
developed Product Communications Strategies for the company across the Asia
Pacific and Africa region. Sushant will be taking charge from Marius D’Lima, a
highly respected PR and Communications veteran, who will soon retire from FCA
Kevin Flynn added, “We
envisage Marius will however remain associated with the organization going
forward as an external support when required on certain select projects.”
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