BITSian cum Former Ford India chief to join Suzlon
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Posted by: BITSAA Newsletter
Mr Arvind Mathew, ex-Managing Director and President of Ford India is set to join Suzlon Energy. Mr Mathew, who quit Ford Motor Company in January 2009, is believed to be joining the wind turbine manufacturer at its headquarters in Pune, to oversee its manufacturing operations.
A mechanical engineer from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (1977-1982), Arvind completed his MS in mechanical engineering and MBA from the University of Michigan.
With his vast international experience and expertise in new vehicle programs, Arvind steered the aggressive growth phase of Ford India. In his previous roles, as Vice President for Manufacturing and Supply at Ford India, Arvind was instrumental in development of new vehicle and powertrain programs. In addition, he played a prominent role in building a robust supplier base for localization programs and also promoted exports from the country. Arvind held a range of engineering, product planning, and new product implementation positions in North America, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and the U.K. He played key roles in Ford and Mazda vehicle programs. Arvind joined Ford Motor Company in 1990 as a Business Planning Analyst and was associated with them for nearly 20 years.
Leveraging on his earlier experience in manufacturing operations at various Ford plants, industry sources raved 50-year-old Mr Mathew and expect him to succeed in integrating various manufacturing plants of Suzlon Energy, the largest wind turbine manufacturer in India and the fifth largest in the world.