Mercedes-Benz India has announced the appointment of Roland S. Folger as its new Managing Director and CEO. Roland S. Folger will replace Eberhard Kern who will assume a new role for the European market within the company. The appointment of Roland will be effective from 1st October, 2015. For those asking, Roland S. Folger is currently in charge of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia as the President & CEO.
Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented, “It was an enriching and a humbling ‘India experience’ for me. After heading India operations for three years, I can confidently state that in my entire three decades of Daimler career, the stint in India remains the most memorable one. The diversity of people, their culture and the unique business opportunity and challenges that India posed is enormous and one of its kind. It is very satisfying to see the immense growth of Mercedes-Benz in Indiaas our sales volumes nearly doubled from 2012 to 2015. I am confident that the brand will scale new heights with the able leadership of Roland. Europe would be a different market altogether, and my India experience would be quite handy.I appreciate all the invaluable support that I received from my colleagues in Mercedes-Benz India and also would like to thank our dealer partners who are the best and the most professional in the business.”
Roland Folger, currently the President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia stated, “I have worked across various countries and cultures but have always been fascinated with India as a nation. India’s rich cultural diversity, its people, their varied customs, different languages, diverse topography combined with its status as a rising economic power, makes it one of the most interesting markets to grow the business today. I feel extremely privileged to head the operations in India, which is an emerging luxury car market in which Mercedes-Benz is the fastest growing luxury automotive brand. With my experience across business divisions I look forward to pursue the ‘India story’ further and make the foundation of Mercedes-Benz even stronger in this dynamic country.We have one of the finest teams and dealer partners on-board with us and I am eager to be part of it."