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New Delhi: US car maker Ford Motor Co. and French car maker Renault SA on Thursday appointed new heads of operations for their Indian businesses.

Ford named Nigel Harris, vice-president, sales and marketing, of Ford Asia Pacific, as president of Ford India, replacing Joginder Singh, will move to the US headquarters as director, corporate strategy. The appointment is from 1 February.

Renault named executive director Sumit Sawhney as the new managing director and chief executive officer of its India operations. He will replace Marc Nassif, who moves to a global assignment within the group.

At Ford India, Harris will be responsible for managing and growing the company’s integrated manufacturing operation. He will oversee the implementation of Ford’s expansion in India, through its operations in Chennai and its second upcoming integrated facility in Sanand, Gujarat.

Harris will be based at Ford’s India corporate office in Gurgaon, and will report directly to David Schoch, president, Ford Asia Pacific, Ford India said in a statement.

Renault India said Sawhney will be responsible for managing the company’s entire operations in the country and will report to Gilles Normand, chairman, Asia Pacific region, for Renault. Sawhney joined Renault in India in September 2012 from General Motors.

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