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Saurabh Vatsa Appointed MD of Nissan Motor India

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Nissan Motor India has announced a leadership transition with the appointment of Saurabh Vatsa as the Managing Director, effective April 1, 2024. This transition follows the retirement of Rakesh Srivastava, the incumbent Managing Director, on March 31, 2024. Let’s delve deeper into this announcement and its implications for Nissan’s operations in India.

Nissan Motor India: A Legacy of Leadership

Rakesh Srivastava

Rakesh Srivastava’s tenure as Managing Director has been marked by notable achievements and milestones for Nissan Motor India. Under his stewardship, the brand introduced the highly acclaimed Nissan Magnite B-SUV to the Indian market. The Magnite garnered significant attention and success, achieving cumulative domestic sales of over 100,000 units by February 2024. Additionally, the company received prestigious accolades such as the Global Nissan President Award for Project Magnite in 2020 and for the Nissan India Business Transformation Plan in 2022.

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Acknowledging Rakesh Srivastava’s Contributions:

Frank Torres, president, Nissan India Operations said, “Rakesh has been a key member of our India leadership team. We thank Rakesh for his exceptional leadership, tenacity, and wisdom in leading the company through turbulent times including the COVID-19 pandemic while contributing to the turnaround of India business operations. As we transition into a new phase of the transformation plan for India, we are assured of having an experienced and insightful leader in Saurabh Vatsa. He will build on the foundation laid by Rakesh and spearhead our next phase of growth as we prepare to deliver on the MTP and enter FY24.”

Welcoming Saurabh Vatsa as MD:

Saurabh Vatsa’s elevation to the role of Managing Director comes after his appointment as Deputy Managing Director earlier in the year. With an extensive background and experience within the automotive industry, Vatsa brings a wealth of insights and strategic vision to his new position. He is set to report to Frank Torres, President of Nissan India Operations, and Region Divisional Vice President of Business Transformation (AMIEO).

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Charting a Path for Growth at Nissan Motor India:

Saurabh Vatsa

Commenting on his elevation, Saurabh Vatsa said, “I am excited to be part of Nissan at this crucial juncture of our growth plans in India. India presents a complex and challenging market, and Nissan, with its global brand stature, rich legacy, and cutting-edge technology is poised to deliver on this promise. We are constantly pushing the boundaries on ‘what’s next’ and our daring spirit of innovation is what sets us apart. We intend to deliver on the ongoing business transformation plan in preparation for the MTP which includes a new product portfolio and enhanced customer centricity.”


The appointment of Saurabh Vatsa as Managing Director marks a significant milestone for Nissan Motor India. As the company transitions into a new phase of growth and transformation, Vatsa’s leadership will play a pivotal role in shaping the future trajectory of Nissan’s operations in India. With a focus on innovation, customer-centricity, and strategic initiatives, Nissan is poised to consolidate its position and drive success in the dynamic Indian automotive market.

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