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Jeep and Citroën brands’ owner Stellantis announces key leadership appointments in India

The new leadership team will report to Roland Bouchara, the CEO and Managing Director for Stellantis in India

(L-R) Joel Verany, Ashish Sahni, Puneet Sabharwal, Samuel Jacob and Goëry Weymuller

Jeep and Citroën brands’ owner Stellantis India has announced the following additional leadership appointments, reporting to Roland Bouchara, the CEO and Managing Director for Stellantis in India.

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Joel Verany is responsible for Sales and Marketing (S&M) Efficiency for Stellantis in India. Verany, an Automobile Engineer by qualification, has worked with PSA, including Citroen India, for 20 years. Going forward, he will support both Jeep and Citroën brands in India to achieve volumes, maintain quality and profitability. Besides providing processes and tools for the entire ecosystem of sales & marketing, he will drive synergies for overall scope of this function and deploy best practices for both brands. Based in India since 2017, Joel’s previous job was Vice President Sales and Network, Citroën at PCA India.

Ashish Sahni is responsible for Customer Journey and Digital Transformation for Stellantis in India, and also for Digital Transformation and Performance Marketing for the India & Asia Pacific (IAP) Region. Sahni has a strong track record and reputation as a digital strategist, marketing maven and business builder over 20 years, across industries such as automobiles, travel & tourism, Insurance and Media. Under his leadership, Citroën India shaped its Digital Customer Journey, which offers Indian customers a rather unique and seamless online experience and retail journey. His previous job was Director of Digital Marketing at PCA India.

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Hitesh Jain is appointed as General Counsel, India within Stellantis IAP region and is responsible for legal functions for all Stellantis entities in India. Hitesh, a Science and Law graduate has two decades of work experience in a variety of legal and corporate secretarial roles across diverse organisations. He is also a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Previously, Jain was responsible for Legal and Company Secretary functions at the erstwhile FCA India.

Puneet Sabharwal is responsible for Finance at Stellantis India, and also assumes responsibility as the Sales & Marketing Controller for Jeep as well as Citroën brands. He will be responsible for accounting, reporting and taxation for India operations. Sabharwal is a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has diverse work experience spanning 25 years in the automotive industry. Previously, Puneet was responsible for the Finance function at PCA India.

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Samuel Jacob, is responsible for Head of Human Resources for the Stellantis India and Asia Pacific (IAP) Region as well as the India market. Jacob has 26 years of overall work experience, in India and overseas, across diverse industries such as hospitality, manufacturing and aviation.

Sreeji Kumar is responsible for Information Technology and Digital Transformation at Stellantis India. His role encompasses IT and technology solutions across sales and marketing, after-sales, manufacturing, import & export, connectivity and R&D. A digital technology expert with over 21 years work experience, Sreeji has worked with a variety of MNCs and industries. He joined the erstwhile PCA India as Chief Information Officer, in 2020 and is credited to spearheading end-to-end IT solution deployment and activation of Citroën India manufacturing operations, including the C5 Aircross SUV launch in the market.

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M Raj Kalyanarajan, is responsible for vehicle manufacturing for the Citroën brand. His experience of 27 years spans across Automotive and Earthmoving industries in India and in the US. Kalyanarajan has been instrumental in reviving the brownfield car manufacturing facility at Thiruvallur from its idle state to its current operations, for manufacturing of the C5 Aircross SUV and future products.

Xavier de Gaudemaris is responsible for Supply Chain Operations at Stellantis India. Xavier has worked in the supply chain industry for over 20 years and in his new role includes production planning, vehicle domestic and export logistics.

Goëry Weymuller is responsible for Customer experience in India within Stellantis India & Asia Pacific (IAP) region. Engineer, he spent 42 years working in PSA in R&D and Quality positions in Europe, Latin America and China before beginning his automotive Customer and Product stint in India 4 years ago. He has been responsible for Citroën Customer satisfaction including setting Quality targets for new products till the final approbation of the vehicles after the completion of the manufacturing of the vehicle and before delivery to customers.

Jerome Dubrac is responsible for Manufacturing Finance in India and Vincent Baron, for Hosur Plant Operations.

“The Stellantis India organisation is firmly in place with a rock solid leadership. The appointed senior executives, with their extensive experience, will support me in integrating our operations, strengthening our processes and driving Stellantis India’s operations to the next level.” said Bouchara.

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