Mercedes-Benz India MD Wilfried Aulbur resigns

Wilfried Aulbur posing with the new Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet during its launch in New Delhi recently. File Photo  

In a surprise move, luxury car-maker Mercedes-Benz India’s Managing Director and CEO Wilfried Aulbur has put in papers to pursue a new career within the country, the company said on Sunday.

Industry sources said Mr. Aulbur, who will complete five years as the India Head of the German car-maker by the end of 2010, is likely to move out of the automobile sector.

“With the construction of the new factory and several additional projects close to approval, Mr. Aulbur has decided to accept a new challenge outside of the Daimler group within India,” the company said in a statement.

“Aulbur will remain with Mercedes-Benz India till a successor is identified to ensure a smooth transition,” it added.

The company started assembling its vehicles within the country at a facility in Chakan, Maharashtra, in January, 2009. The facility has the capacity to produce 5,000 cars and 1,200 commercial vehicles, mainly Actros range trucks, every year.

“During his tenure, Mercedes-Benz established its presence in the truck and the bus business and significantly expanded its research and sourcing operations in India,” the statement said.

Industry sources said Mr. Aulbur resigned two days ago and will completely move out of the automobile sector, though he will remain in India.

“After staying five years in India, he is in love with the country. He has, in fact, married Rekha Srinivasan — an Indian woman. He will most probably stay here forever,” a source close to the development said.

A German by birth, Mr. Aulbur did his doctoral and post-doctoral studies in physics in the U.S. For a short period, he was with Mercedes-Benz India in the early 80s. Later, in 2005, he joined the company again as India Head.

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