Girish Wagh, the man behind Tata Nano and the Tata Ace will move to a new role in Tata Motors Ltd as part of a major organisational restructuring, two people familiar with the plans said. Wagh, Senior Vice-President of project planning and programme management, will pursue margin expansion as part of Managing Director and Chief Executive Guenter Butschek’s efforts to make Tata Motors future-ready, these people said, asking not to be identified. Margin expansion is one of the 10 so-called “impact projects” identified by Butschek. Similarly, Ashish Dhar, currently national sales head of passenger vehicles, will move to a new role of “sales conversion”.
Earlier this year, Butschek named Shailesh Chandra, formerly an executive assistant to Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry, to head the corporate strategy and business transformation. Butschek, formerly a top official at Airbus Group, touched upon some of the changes. The circular, a copy of which was reviewed by Mint, also had a mention of new passenger vehicle platforms which will underpin the future model strategy of the Mumbai-based firm. One of them is referred to as Q5, is a utility vehicle platform based on the Land Rover. The others, code named X0, X1, X3 are car platforms. Of these, the Q5, an all new compact SUV will be the first to roll out in the beginning of 2018.
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