Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), on Wednesday, announced top management re-jig with Deputy Managing Director (Commercial) Shekar Viswanathan being promoted as Vice-Chairman, External Affairs, while its current marketing head Sandeep Singh has been elevated as Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO).

The proposed changes will come into effect from January 1, 2013. The main objective of these changes is to strengthen the organisation towards achieving TKM’s vision and further enhance speed of decision making, the company said in a statement.

Under the new structure, Mr. Viswanathan, would be responsible for External Affairs in his fresh role, it said.

Mr. Singh, who is at present Deputy Managing Director, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service, will head sales, marketing, customer service and commercial divisions in his new role of Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. The company further said Masanori Takahashi, Deputy Managing Director, Technical and Purchase, had been promoted Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. In his new role he will head Manufacturing, Technical, Purchase and Vendor Development including supplier support. As part of the changes, Shigeru Tomonaga, at present holding the post of Deputy Managing Director, Manufacturing, will be an Executive Advisor to the TKM board of directors and chief of supplier support centre, it added. “All the above mentioned executives will continue to hold positions in the company’s board of directors,” the statement said.

Commenting on the development, TKM Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Hiroshi Nakagawa said: “As we expand our operations in India, we need our team to take up new roles and responsibilities. I wish my colleagues the best for their new endeavours.”

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