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General Motors makes key leadership changes

New Delhi: Global automobile major General Motors on Monday announced the appointment of Kaher Kazem as the new president and managing director of its India operations from January 1 next.

“With Kaher’s hands-on experience and direct knowledge of the business, we are pleased to appoint him to lead GM India at this important time,” said Stefan Jacoby, president, GM International and executive vice president, GM.

“GM is committed to India for the long term. Kaher’s proven track record will enable us to deliver to Indian consumers the great vehicles they want and the world-class customer experience they deserve.”

Currently, Kazem holds the post of chief operating officer (COO) of GM India.

Prior to taking on his current position earlier this year, where he has managed the industrial side of the business, Kazem was president and managing director of GM Uzbekistan from 2012.

Kazem will succeed incumbent Arvind Saxena, who has decided to retire from GM, after leading GM India since early 2014.

Kazem joined GM Holden in Australia in 1995 as a senior engineer. He later held several leadership positions at GM Holden’s manufacturing operations.

In 2009, he was appointed vice president of manufacturing and quality for GM Thailand and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).