Holmes Report 11 Oct 2015 // 3:49PM GMT
GURGAON—General Motors India has appointed Swati Bhattacharya as vice president of communications and Pankaj Gupta as vice president of government relations and public policy.
Bhattacharya is responsible for GM India Communications strategy, which includes the rebuilding of the reputation of the Chevrolet brand as well as partnering with GM India marketing to grow the awareness of the brand. She reports directly to GM India president and managing director Arvind Saxena and functionally to GM international vice president of communications Lori Arpin.
Bhattacharya came to GM India from Ingersoll Rand India, where she had served as vice president of corporate relations, public affairs and branding. Earlier, she was head of corporate relations at Agilent Technologies.
Gupta is responsible for working with central and state government officials as well as with industry bodies on policies impacting GM and the Indian automotive industry. He reports directly to Saxena and functionally to GM international vice president of government relations and public policy Matt Hobbs.
Gupta most recently served as chief general manager of external affairs and corporate social responsibility at Volkswagen India.
In addition, P Balendran, who has served as GM India vice president of corporate affairs since joining GM India in 1998, will take on a new position of senior advisor to the company.