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Satyakam Arya, Daimler Trucks Asia Head of Customer Services, to become CEO of Daimler India Commercial Vehicles

September 14, 2018

  • Satyakam Arya will replace Erich Nesselhauf as CEO of Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV)
  • As Head of Customer Services for Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA) in Kawasaki, Japan, Mr. Arya was responsible for the growth of MFTBC’s parts and customer service businesses
  • In his new role, Mr. Arya will lead Daimler’s Indian CV brand BharatBenz and oversee production of a strong share of MFTBC’s export models
  • Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Trucks Asia: “I am convinced that with Satyakam Arya, we have found the right leader to take DICV to the next level and further establish BharatBenz in India.”

Kawasaki, Japan   MFTBC   Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA), today announces the appointment of Satyakam Arya as CEO of Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) replacing current CEO Erich Nesselhauf. Mr. Arya will assume his new role from November 1, 2018.

Mr. Arya joined DICV in 2009 as Head of Powertrain Procurement before becoming the Vice President of Global Procurement. In 2014, he moved to MFTBC in Japan as the Head of DTA’s Global Procurement. In 2017, he became the Head of Customer Services for DTA, where he effectively grew Fuso’s parts and services businesses internationally and in Japan.

Mr. Nesselhauf will return to Germany to take on the role of Head of Manufacturing Engineering at Daimler Trucks from October 1, 2018. He has spent almost a decade at DICV and has firmly established Daimler Trucks’ business in India, one of the company’s strategic growth markets.

In his new role at DICV, Mr. Arya will lead Daimler’s Indian commercial vehicles brand BharatBenz, a fast-growing newcomer in India’s growing truck and bus market. DICV is also a major manufacturer of fully-built and complete knock-down kits for MFTBC’s “FUSO” line of export model trucks. DICV and MFTBC together make up Daimler Trucks Asia, an organizational unit of Daimler Trucks, the world’s largest commercial vehicles producer.

Hartmut Schick, President and CEO of MFTBC and Head of DTA, said that “I am convinced that with Satyakam Arya, we have found the right leader to take DICV to the next level and further establish BharatBenz in India. With his passion, experience, knowledge and record of achievement, I have every confidence that he is up to the task.”

Following Mr. Arya’s exit from Japan, the customer service and domestic sales operations at MFTBC will be merged into one new organization, and will be led by a Senior Vice President-level executive, who will be announced in the near future. This new, streamlined organizational structure will help provide even more efficient, impeccable and personalized services, as well as the highest quality parts and accessories, to all of MFTBC’s customers across Japan. International sales and customer services will be led by current MFTBC Senior Vice President Michael Kamper.

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FUSO at a Glance
FUSO is a Daimler Truck brand, covering nearly all regions around the world. FUSO’s light-duty to heavy-duty trucks (GVW 3.5 49 tons), vans, industrial engines, and buses are sold in more than 170 markets. The FUSO brand is based on four core brand values; Trusted Quality, Economic Efficiency, Solid & Functional Design, and Committed Services.

Daimler Trucks Asia at a Glance
Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA) is an organizational unit that jointly operates Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC)   an icon of the Japanese commercial vehicle industry with more than 80 years of history   and Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), a young challenger in the Indian market.  DTA has a strategic business model that allows its group entities to collaborate in product development, production, exports, sourcing and research activity to provide the best of value products.

MFTBC at a Glance
Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2016, the company sold a total of 130,000 vehicles including light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and buses under the FUSO brand, with 89.29% of its shares owned by Daimler AG and10.71% by various Mitsubishi group companies. MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks division of Daimler AG.