Rajiv Dube, head of Tata Motors’ passenger car business, resigns

Rajiv Dube, head of Tata Motors’ passenger car business, resigns

New Delhi / Mumbai: Rajiv Dube, president of the passenger car division at Tata Motors Ltd, has resigned from his position, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Dube is likely to explore opportunities in the non-automotive space, said one of the people. It wasn’t immediately known what had prompted Dube to resign.

Among the opportunities being considered by Dube is a position in an Indian conglomerate that does not make cars, according to a second person.

Dube did not respond to a phone call or text message.

“Tata Motors does not comment on such matters," spokesperson Debasis Ray said.

Dube is a graduate of the Tata Administrative Service, the group’s leadership training programme, and has been an executive assistant to Tata Sons Ltd chairman Ratan Tata.

Dube played a key role in introducing the Indica, the firm’s first car. He was also instrumental in launching the Nano.

Tata Motors has seen several management changes in the last year. In June, Ravi Kant, then managing director, retired and was appointed vice-chairman, a newly created position. P.M. Telang was made managing director of operations, and Ravi Pisharody was appointed president of the commercial vehicles business unit.

In February, Carl Peter-Forster joined the company as chief executive. Forster was head of General Motors Corp. in Europe. In March, the company announced that Forster would be made managing director and chief executive.