Apex industry body Society of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has announced the appointment of Rajesh Menon as Director General of SIAM. He succeeds Vishnu Mathur, who is superannuating after a successful stint with SIAM.
Rajesh Menon, currently Director General Designate at SIAM, is a post-graduate in physics from the University of Delhi. He was earlier the Deputy Director General at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), based at its headquarters in New Delhi.
Menon, who joined CII in 1994, led many CII’s initiatives in his 25-year stint at the industry body. Trade policy, bilateral and multilateral engagements, two-way investment and trade, and facilitating the Indian industry to expand its global footprint through a range of specialised services were some of the specific priorities of his work for CII as head of CII’s International work. Energy and Infrastructure also has been a key portfolio that was led by him. He has also headed CII’s regional operations in North and South India, prior to which he led a few State offices of CII also.
Commenting on Menon's appointment, Rajan Wadhera, President, SIAM and President (Automotive Sector), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd said, “We are pleased to have Rajesh join SIAM as the Director General. I am sure that Rajesh will be able to provide the leadership to SIAM that will help the industry achieve its objective of growth with Responsibility. We wish him all the best for his new role and responsibility.”
Vishnu Mathur, who joined SIAM in 2010 from ACMA, played a significant role in formulating the Automotive Mission Plan (AMP) 2026 and the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP).
Wadhera said, “During his tenure with SIAM, Vishnu has helped to build a very strong secretariat for this automotive industry body and has worked tirelessly to bring all the stake holders aligned to a common cause of the growth of the industry. We wish him a healthy and successful life after his superannuation.”