Volkswagen Group names Gerry Dorizas as new head of Indian division

Article by Anita Panait, on April 16, 2013

Gerry Dorizas was appointed by Volkswagen Group to manage the carmaker’s overall operations in India. Prior to his appointment, Dorizas was the carmaker’s head of sales in the country and he was also a former head of Hyundai Europe. Dorizas started his sales career in 1987 in Greece in the computer firm Nixdorf.

He shifted to the automobile industry in 1992 and he has spent over a decade in Asia and Europe holding various sales positions for carmakers like Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo and Fiat. Dorizas was vice president of Hyundai Motor Europe from 2005 to 2007 before exiting due to personal reasons. He joined VW in 2007 as executive vice president for sales and marketing in Japan.

He was appointed as president and chief executive of VW’s Japanese operations in 2008. He then was appointed head of sales at VW in India. On the other hand, Volkswagen Group has named Mahesh Kodumudi as president and managing director of Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd., responsible for the carmaker’s production facilities in Pune.

He replaces John Chacko who has moved to VW Group's Audi unit. Kodumudi started his auto industry career working with components makers. In 2008, he joined the VW Group as executive director for group purchasing in India. Both Dorizas and Kodumudi’s appointments took effect on March 1, 2013.

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