- The company has appointed Vikram Kasbekar as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
- Rajat Bhargava has been given the charge of newly created ‘Emerging Mobility’ Business Unit.
In its commitment to stay in front of all the upcoming mobility trends, India’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp on Tuesday said it had renewed its top leadership team. The company said they have established the ‘Emerging Mobility’ Business unit in order to push ahead to new mobility trends such as Electric Vehicles (EVs).
As part of the process, The company has appointed Vikram Kasbekar as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) while Rajat Bhargava has been given the charge of newly created ‘Emerging Mobility’ Business Unit. Both of these newly appointed leaders will directly report to Pawan Munjal, Chairman of Hero MotoCorp. Bhargava was currently the head of Corporate Strategy and Performance Transformation and also the chief of Global Business. Vikram, on the other hand, is the Executive Director of Operations (Plants) will be in charge of the Company’s world-class Research and Development (R&D) facilities – the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) – at the Northern Indian city of Jaipur and the Hero Tech Centre Germany GmbH. He will replace Markus Braunsperger, who will be relocating to Europe after the completion of his five-year tenure.
Research and development
Markus led the CIT from the day it was established. He has been credited with giving shape to the research and development set-up at Hero MotoCorp, forming a global team of engineers and automotive experts drawn from different parts of the world. Under his leadership, Hero successfully introduced close to 40 new models and variants including a series of premium two-wheelers, including the XPulse range motorcycles, the Destini 125 and Maestro Edge 125 scooters in the Indian Automobile Market.
He also led the Company to a smooth transition from BS-III to BS-IV earlier and to BS-VI now, as Hero MotoCorp became the first manufacturer in India to receive the BS-VI certification for a two-wheeler from the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT). He also played a key role in setting up Hero Tech Centre Germany and giving Hero MotoSports a major boost.
Kasbekar, who has been with Hero MotoCorp for over a decade and a half, brings years of varied technology and engineering experience in manufacturing and large-scale plant operations, Supply Chain and New Model Development.
A process has already been initiated to identify a suitable candidate to be in line to take over as CTO in due course, the company added.
With a lot of new trends emerging in Automobile industries, Hero MotoCorp will love to retain their place as leaders in the Indian Automobile market with cutting edge innovations. The leadership changes look pretty good given both the persons appointed are old Hero employees and are familiar with the company values.