Thursday, November 30, 2023

Hardeep Singh Brar resigns from Great Wall Motors, likely to join Kia


Hardeep Singh Brar has resigned from Great Wall Motors amidst the ongoing uncertainties involving Chinese automakers in India.

Hardeep Singh Brar, Director of Sales and Marketing of Great Wall Motors (GWM) has reportedly resigned amid the uncertainties looming over the Chinese automakers in the Indian market. Brar has filed his resignation in Great Wall Motors already and likely to join South Korean auto giant Kia Motors soon in March 2021. In Kia Motors, Brar would step into the position of Manohar Bhat as the Head of Sales and Marketing.

Hardeep Singh Brar is one of the top Indian executives of the Chinese automaker’s local unit in India, where he has served for just one year. At the Auto Expo 2020, the automaker showcased a wide range of SUVs and grabbed a lot of attention. Great Wall Motors has announced an investment of around Rs 7,000 crore for India covering manufacturing plants, vehicle research, and development, production of batteries, and electric drivetrain alongside vehicle and component manufacturing.

However, last year after the Galwan Valley clash between the armed forces of India and China the geopolitical tension between the two countries started growing and resulted in the Indian government taking a tough stance against foreign investment, especially originating from China. This made the situation tough for several Chinese auto companies including GWM.

Before joining Great Wall Motors, Hardeep Singh Brar resigned from Nissan Motor India as Director of Sales and Network, after serving the Japanese auto company for more than two years. In Nissan, he was responsible for accelerating sales of both Nissan and Datsun cars.

Hardeep Singh Brar has an overall experience of more than two decades in the automotive industry. He held several senior leadership positions across Sales, Network, and Rural Marketing at auto manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Volkswagen, and General Motors. He earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Punjab. He also holds a Senior Executive Leadership Program from Harvard Business School.

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Source: ETAuto

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