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GM India Announces Two New Appointments

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Swati Bhattacharya

Swati Bhattacharya
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General Motors India announced last week that it has appointed Swati Bhattacharya to the position of Vice President of Communications and Pankaj Gupta to the position of Government Relations and Public Policy. Both appointments went into effect as of September 10th.

Bhattacharya’s title puts her in charge of GM India’s communications strategy, which entails both general marketing and brand awareness and the concerted effort to rebuild the Chevrolet brand in the region. Located at GM India’s headquarters in Gurgaon, she reports directly to GM India President and Managing Director Arvind Saxena.

Bhattacharya’s previous jobs include Vice President of Corporate Relations, Public Affairs, and Branding for Ingersoll Rand India; head of Corporate Relations at Agilent Technologies; head of Corporate Communications at Jindal Stainless Ltd.; account director and consultant at Corporate Voice Shandwick; and executive manager of Corporate Relations at Vedika Software and Allindia Technologies.

Gupta will be in charge of working with government officials and industry preps to determine policies regarding both GM and the Indian automotive industry. He, too, is located at Gurgaon and reports to Saxena. His previous roles include Chief GM of External Affairs and CSR at Volkswagen India.

“When we recently announced a new $1 billion investment strategy for the Indian market, we highlighted that new people will join General Motors to help us as we grow in India,” said Arvind Saxena, President and Managing Director, GM India. “Adding Swati and Pankaj to the GM India team will help extend GM’s profile with important stakeholders such as the media and policy makers and develop the GM brand in this market. I am very glad that they are coming on board at one of the most exciting times in GM’s history in India.”