Mumbai: German auto parts maker Bosch Group on Friday named Steffen Berns as the managing director of Mumbai-listed Bosch Ltd and president of its overall India operations, effective 1 January.

Berns, who prior to this headed the electronics business of the group’s diesel division, will replace V.K. Viswanathan after he retires this month.

He previously worked for the group in India from 1996 to 1999, overseeing original equipment sales and research and development, and later as managing director of Robert Bosch Engineering Business Solutions, the company said in a statement.

Berns said Bosch in India will look to “strengthening local innovations and will additionally focus more on opportunities in the non-automotive business fields, e.g. power tools, security technology, thermo technology and capital goods."

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