A vehicle exits a Tata Motors dealership in Mumbai, India. Picture: DHIRAJ SINGH/BLOOMBERG
A vehicle exits a Tata Motors dealership in Mumbai, India. Picture: DHIRAJ SINGH/BLOOMBERG

London — Tata Motors has appointed former Daimler manager Marc Llistosella to become its next CEO after Guenter Butschek asked to step down for personal reasons.

Llistosella, who previously headed Daimler Trucks in Asia, will take charge in July, Tata Motors said on Friday. Butschek, a former Airbus executive, has been CEO since 2016 and will stay on until June 30, according to the company.

Marc Llistosella. Picture: KUNI TAKAHASHI/BLOOMBERG
Marc Llistosella. Picture: KUNI TAKAHASHI/BLOOMBERG

“Marc is an experienced automotive business leader with deep knowledge and expertise in commercial vehicles” and “extensive operational experience in India”, Tata chair N Chandrasekaran said in a statement.

While Tata Motors beat expectations for the quarter that ended in December, it has struggled with falling sales and rising debt. The Mumbai-based company is largely dependent on its Jaguar Land Rover luxury-vehicle unit and laid out plans in 2020 to cut costs by £2.5bn.

The Tata Group has had a history of attracting global talent at Tata Motors and Llistosella comes with a similar pedigree to Butschek, who had also spent time at Daimler, said Utkarsh Sinha, MD at consultancy Bexley Advisors.

The automotive industry is going through a disruption in terms of technological changes and how vehicles are owned and used, Sinha said. “In this environment, having a global outlook is critical for any long-term successes,” he said.

Bloomberg

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