In what is immensely shocking news, Rudratej Singh (46), President and Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group India, passed away today following a cardiac arrest. Mr Singh had taken charge at BMW Group India on August 1, 2019.
This is the second untimely demise of a high-ranking executive at the company this month. On April 7, BMW Group India's Sales Director Mihir Dayal (40) had passed away after a battle with cancer.
In an official statement, the company said: "BMW Group India, with profound sorrow, announces the demise of Rudratej Singh (46), President and Chief Executive Officer on 20 April 2020. Our prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult period. He will always be remembered as an inspiring and compassionate human being. His transformational vision and strategic orientation played a crucial role in navigation of BMW Group India in a challenging business environment. His demise comes at a crucial junction when BMW Group India was in the midst of implementing strategic measures for strengthening the dealer network across India."
Arlindo Teixeira, Chief Financial Officer, BMW Group India has been appointed as the President (act.) in the interim.
Prior to his joining BMW India, Rudratej 'Rudy' Singh was the Global President at Chennai-based Royal Enfield. He had over 25 years of experience and held multiple leadership positions both in the automotive and non-automotive industries. Prior to his stint at Royal Enfield, he had worked with Unilever in India and international markets for over 16 years. Singh graduated from Delhi University and had an MBA degree in Marketing and Finance from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.
Autocar Professional extends its heartfelt condolences to Rudratej's family, friends and colleagues.