Valeo, the global automotive technology supplier, has appointed Jayakumar G as the India Group President and Managing Director.
Jayakumar is currently the managing director of Amalgamations Valeo Clutches, Valeo’s joint venture with the Amalgamations Group. He is also Valeo Powertrain Business Group’s India Business Operations director, leading the development of electrification and hybrid technology initiatives in India.
Valeo has a strong presence in India with eight production Sites, one global R&D centre, five distribution platforms, and one front office to serve its clients. These facilities are spread over Chennai, Pune, Sanand, Gurgaon and Noida. Valeo employs over 6,000 people in India, of which nearly 50 percent are engineers.
As Valeo India’s Group president and managing director, Jayakumar will be responsible for all Valeo businesses in India.
A seasoned professional in the automotive industry with over 28 years of experience, Jayakumar has held leadership positions at Lear Corporation and Bosch prior to joining Valeo.
A mechanical engineer from Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Jayakumar has completed Valeo Global Management Program at CEDEP, the European Centre for Executive Development located at INSEAD, France and is a certified Six Sigma black belt.
Global supplier Valeo is a partner to all automakers worldwide. In 2018, the Group generated sales of 19.3 billion euros (Rs 150,887 crore) and invested 13% of its original equipment sales in research and development. Valeo has 189 plants, 20 research centres, 39 development centres and 15 distribution platforms, and employs 115,500 people in 33 countries worldwide including India.