FRANKFURT -- German ball bearings supplier Schaeffler Group has named Dharmesh Arora, a former General Motors executive, as head of its operations in India.
As president and CEO of Schaeffler in India, Arora assumes responsibility in the country for the group's three brands, INA, LuK and FAG. He also will be chairman of INA Bearings India Private Ltd., Schaeffler said in a statement.
Arora, 45, who studied mechanical engineering and business administration, began his career at Maruti Suzuki before holding several management positions at GM in India, Mexico, Thailand and the United States.
Prior to joining Schaeffler in August 2012, Arora was GM's global purchasing director for powertrains in the United States.
"We are pleased to have Mr. Arora on board as the new head of our Indian operations. I am sure that with his global expertise and management experience he will lead Schaeffler India ... to the next level of growth and customer proximity," Schaeffler Group CEO Juergen Geissinger said in a statement.
Earlier this year, Schaeffler announced plans to invest 150 million euros in its Indian operations over the next three to four years to expand existing plants in Pune, Hosur and Vadodara and additionally building a greenfield plant in Savli, near Vadodara.