FCA India has today announced that Partha Datta will assume the role of President and Managing Director at the company.
Datta joined FCA in 1999 as an engineer. He has worked across international industrial and commercial operations, governance, business development projects, engineering and vehicle integration over the past twenty years.
During his tenure at FCA, he was also the Director of Technical Centres in Chennai and Pune and the Head of Product Engineering in China.
“With his extensive product development experience and intimate understanding of the local market, Partha is the perfect candidate to take over the India operation, particularly given our plans to continue localizing new models and exporting Jeep vehicles to right-hand-drive markets around the world,” said Massimiliano Trantini, Chief Operating Officer, FCA Asia Pacific.
In his most recent role as Head of North American Vehicle Integration & Validation, Datta was responsible for validation activities across all Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge and RAM models sold in North America.
The new appointment succeeds Kevin Flynn, who has been appointed to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer at FCA Australia.
Flynn was responsible for launching the Jeep brand in India, coupled with developing the manufacturing and export strategy for the new-generation Jeep Compass.