The Managing Director (MD) and Chairman of Skoda India, Sudhir Rao has resigned from the company after over 5 years at the helm of the Czech carmaker's Indian operations.
Rao joined the Czech carmaker in January 2012 and was responsible for helping the Czech carmaker becoming profitable in India. Before joining Skoda, Rao was the Deputy MD and COO of Renault India. Rao had earlier worked for over 20 years with General Motors and also had a stint at Avtec Engines, a part of Hindustan Motors and the CK Birla Group.
Rao confirmed the news to ET Auto, "It has been five challenging but satisfying years. It is time for me to take on new and different challenges outside the automotive industry."
Rao's departure from Skoda comes at a pivotal moment for Skoda, whose parent company Volkswagen is currently discussing a partnership with Tata Motors, which could see the Czech carmaker play a leading role.
Skoda India is getting ready to launch four new cars in India this year. The vehicles include the Skoda Kodiaq (the company's first seven-seater SUV), the facelifted Rapid and Octavia sedans and the performance oriented Octavia vRS.