Prior to Hero MotoCorp, Michael Clarke has worked in leadership roles with companies like Fiat Group SPA, Delphi Technologies, Tenneco Automotive and Hertz Corporation Breed Technology etc.
Hero MotoCorp, the leading two-wheeler manufacturer has announced the appointment of global mobility expert Michael Clarke as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company, with an additional role of Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO), effective from 1st January 2021.
In his new position, Michael Clarke will report to Pawan Munjal, Chairman and CEO of Hero MotoCorp. As Hero MotoCorp claims, Michael Clarke’s appointment comes close on the heels of recent augmenting of the leadership team at the company and it is the part of the brand’s revised business strategy.
Michael Clarke has been working in the automobile industry for more than 25 years. He has been associated with companies in the US and UK. He has worked in the leadership roles in companies like Fiat Group SPA, Delphi Technologies, Tenneco Automotive and Hertz Corporation Breed Technology (formerly AlliedSignal SRS) etc. He started the career with Delco Electronics Overseas Corporation (a subsidiary of General Motors) in Liverpool, before moving to Colgate Palmolive based out of Manchester.
Clarke received his mechanical engineering degree and MBA from the John Moore’s University in Liverpool, UK.
Commenting on the appointment, Pawan Munjal, Chairman & CEO, Hero MotoCorp, said, “Mike brings considerable global experience and expertise in managing complex operations, international restructuring, organisational and cultural change. His experience will be highly beneficial as we look to further consolidate our market leadership across continents.” He also added, “We have a clear focus to create benchmark products and facilities, including industry-leading processes and operations. Mike will contribute by playing a vital role in providing strategic leadership in operational excellence and driving the Talent agenda at Hero MotoCorp.”
Meanwhile, as part of its leadership augmenting process, Hero MotoCorp has already announced appointing Malo Le Masson as the Head of Strategy. It also expanded the role of Ravi Pisipaty as the Head of Plant Operations. Sanjay Bhan has returned to Hero MotoCorp after a brief stint with Ola Electric as Chief Business Officer. He has been assigned the role of Head of Global Business (GB) in a bid to play a key role in the rapid expansion and consolidation of Hero MotoCorp in the international markets.
Mahesh Kaikini, the Head of Gurugram plant, has been appointed as the Chief Quality Officer, while Ashutosh Varma has been elevated to the role of Head of National Sales for Hero MotoCorp.