Mercedes-Benz India has announced the appointment of Michael Jopp as the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing in the country. The new appointment comes into effect as Boris Fitz, Vice-President, Sales and Network Development, completes his tenure in India and will be taking over a larger role at Mercedes-Benz Turkey. The role would be effective from August 1, 2016. Currently, he is responsible for sales performance and sales profitability for Mercedes-Benz Cars in Berlin.
Commenting on the new appointment, Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, "Boris played a pivotal role in Mercedes-Benz's sales growth as the company witnessed a remarkable sales success amidst myriad market challenges. He was instrumental in creating the densest and most qualitative dealer network for Mercedes-Benz with dedicated dealer partners. We highly value Boris' contribution to the rapid growth of Mercedes-Benz in India." Jopp has close to two decades of experience in the domestic automobile industry in Germany and also in international markets both on the OEM and distributor side. He has rich experience in areas of sales management, product management, marketing and general management.
Folger further added, "We are equally excited to welcome Michael and are confident that with his rich experience in the domain of sales and marketing in Mercedes-Benz Cars, Michael will continue the strong growth momentum of the Three Pointed Star in this highly competitive and dynamic market." Jopp also has considerable experience working with the 'smart' brand and with its dealer network. A MBA from Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta, Jopp loves playing golf, traveling and has a passion for literature. In other news, Mercedes-Benz has to Supreme Court seeking lifting on diesel vehicles ban, while stating that it is ready to pay 1 percent environment cess on sale of diesel cars. Supreme Court would be hearing the matter on August 12, 2016. Just so you know, the NGT bench of Supreme Court had banned the sales of diesel vehicles with engine capacity over 2000cc in the Delhi-NCR region.