EKA Mobility appoints Murali Raju as Chief Commercial Officer

Zoeb Karampurwala is an automotive engineer and senior executive with over 26 years of experience in electric and conventional vehicle development.

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Murali Raju

EKA Mobility has appointed Zoeb Karampurwala as Chief Product Officer, Murali Raju as Chief Commercial Officer, and Vijaykumar Yelne as President of EKA Mobility.

Commenting on the appointment Dr. Sudhir Mehta, Founder and Chairman of EKA (Pinnacle Mobility Solutions Pvt. Ltd.), stated, "We are thrilled to welcome Zoeb, Murali, and Vijaykumar to the EKA Mobility family. Their extensive experience and proven leadership in their respective fields will be pivotal as we continue to innovate and expand our footprint in the electric vehicle market."

Zoeb Karampurwala is an automotive engineer and senior executive with over 26 years of experience in electric and conventional vehicle development. In his role at EKA Mobility, Zoeb will work on developing a range of electric commercial vehicles and achieving vertical integration of EV components. His previous key positions at Mahindra & Mahindra, Ola Electric Mobility, and Tata Motors highlight his expertise, including the development of the revolutionary Ola Electric two-wheeler platform, the world's first CNG series hybrid buses, and a full range of electric buses and three-wheelers. Zoeb in his previous leadership roles expanded the engineering team from 4 to 400 members, establishing a comprehensive R&D lab. He holds an Executive MBA from S P Jain, Mumbai, and a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Government College, Pune. He has been recognised with several industry awards for his contributions to the electric vehicle industry.

Murali Raju brings over 25 years of industry experience, integrating engineering, IT, and management to lead teams in identifying value opportunities, driving change, and standardising operating systems. His expertise spans accounting, corporate finance, operations management, ERP, and artificial intelligence. Murali's career includes pivotal roles such as President/CFO at Bharat Forge America, General Manager at Gerdau, and advanced engineering positions at American Axle/Metaldyne. He holds an MBA in Finance & Strategy from Michigan State University, a PhD in Systems Engineering from Ohio State University, and an MS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. Murali is passionate about developing the next generation of manufacturing leaders using lean and visual processes.

Vijaykumar Yelne boasts an illustrious career in operational management, excelling in team supervision, project coordination, and analytical problem-solving. Yelne served as Director of Operations at MAN Automotive South Africa from October 2015 to December 2022, where he enhanced organisational policies and coordinated global operations for profitability. His strategic planning ensured agile and sustainable operations.

Before being COO and Director at MAN Trucks India (May 2005 - October 2015), he led the establishment of a truck manufacturing facility and directed a 600-strong workforce, improving processes through technological advancements. Beginning his career at Cummins Engine Company (1982-2005), he advanced from trainee to leading various operational roles, establishing diesel assembly facilities, and mentoring Six Sigma projects. Yelne holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Shivaji University and a Diploma in Business Management from Pune University.

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