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Staff writer | Wolfsburg, Germany | March 11, 2013
Volkswagen GroupMarch 11, 2013, Wolfsburg, Germany - Volkswagen Group announces that Gerasimos Dorizas, managing director of Volkswagen Group sales India Pvt. Ltd., has been appointed chief representative of the Volkswagen Group in India, effective March 1, 2013.
Sales expert Mr. Dorizas joined the Volkswagen Group in 2007. After starting his career in sales with Nixdorf in Greece in 1987, he transferred to the automobile industry in 1992 and held responsible positions in the sales organizations of a number of different manufacturers for several years.

In 2007, Mr. Dorizas was appointed Executive Vice President for sales and marketing of the Volkswagen Group Japan. From 2008, he was President and CEO of Volkswagen Group Japan, before joining Volkswagen Group Sales India as Managing Director in 2012.

Also effective March 1, Mahesh Kodumudi has been appointed President and Managing Director of Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd..

Mr. Kodumudi has assumed responsibility for Volkswagen's Indian production company in Pune. Mr. Kodumudi completed an engineering degree in India and the USA. Following a successful career in the automotive components industry, Mr. Kodumudi joined the Volkswagen Group in 2008 and was appointed Executive Director, Purchasing of Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd.

John Chacko, previously President, Managing Director and Group Chief Representative of Volkswagen India, is transferring to a responsible position with AUDI AG with effect from April 1.

Dr. Chacko has worked for the Volkswagen Group since 1979. Dr. Chacko, who holds a degree in aeronautical engineering, held various management positions at Volkswagen, Audi and SEAT before becoming Technical Project Manager for India with Volkswagen in Wolfsburg in 2006. In 2008, he became Technical Managing Director of Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd.. He was appointed President, Managing Director and Group Chief Representative for India in 2010.