Vinkesh Gulati has been appointed as the new president of the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), the apex national body of automobile retail in India for 2020-22 period. He is the 35th president of the dealer body and takes over the post from Ashish Harsharaj Kale.
The decision was made at the 298th Governing Council Meeting which was held immediately after the 56th Annual General Meeting of the Federation held today.
Commenting on his appointment, Gulati said, “I am extremely humbled and honoured that the federation has placed its trust in me in taking up the position of next FADA president, an organisation with has a momentous past and an exciting future. We are a resilient lot and Covid has once again taught us to make tough decisions to ensure that our dealerships survive. During my tenure, I will rigorously take up dealer Issues of improving dealership profitability may it be dealer margins, franchise act or coming under the ambit of MSME.
Adding more, he said: "Despite these current challenges, India has the potential to soon become the third-largest automobile market in the world. We can truly fulfil our government’s vision of making India a global leader in automobiles if our ecosystem works in unison – Government, SIAM, ACMA and FADA.”
Gulati is the director of United Automobiles, based out of Allahabad and Faridabad. United Automobiles has been involved in the auto dealership business since 1985 and is the dealer for Mahindra & Mahindra and Bajaj Auto. United Automobiles is part of the United Group, which started as a transport business in 1951. The Group expanded its activities in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi by opening Educational Institutes, Auto Dealerships, Diagnostic Centres, Newspaper Publication and Medical Science as it established United Medicity.
The Council also elevated Manish Raj Singhania, managing partner – Ralas Motors, Raipur (dealer for Mahindra & Mahindra) as the Vice-President and Chittur Selvakumar Vigneshwar, deputy managing director – Anaamalais Toyota, Coimbatore (Dealer for Toyota, VECV and Benelli) as the Secretary and Sai Giridhar - Director, Saisha Motors - Jaipur (dealer for Skoda Auto) as the Treasurer
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