Nissan Motor India Private Ltd. (NMIPL) today announced the appointment of Abhishek Mahapatra as Head of Communications & CSR, effective immediately. Mahapatra will lead all of Nissan’s communications in India, including product, corporate and plant communications, and CSR activities, as the company continues to strengthen its business operations toward further growth.
Mahapatra is located at NMIPL’s office in Gurgaon (near New Delhi) that was opened in July 2016, and reports to Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations.
“I am delighted to announce that Abhishek Mahapatra has joined Nissan India as the Head of Communications and CSR. Abhishek will be responsible for directing the company’s public relations efforts for the Nissan and Datsun brands, our CSR and plant communications, and for leading the communications team. A proven integrated marketing and communications professional, his wide-ranging global experience in the automotive sector will enrich our Communications function and help advance our business growth here in India,” said Guillaume Sicard.
“Nissan aims to be a major force in the Indian market. Abhishek’s leadership will be key in strengthening the function and bringing in strategy, creativity and innovation to storytelling and campaigns about Nissan and Datsun to more and more customers here,” added Sicard.
Mahapatra brings over 14 years of experience gained at major automotive-sector communications functions and public relations agencies with communications activities in India, the Middle East, China, and Asia-Pacific. Before joining Nissan, most recently he was the Head of communications at Uber India. Prior to that, he held several key positions at Ford Motor Company Asia Pacific, leading Ford Smart Mobility, passenger car and technology communications. He also held senior positions of increasing responsibility in PR agency and consulting firms from 2002 to 2011, gaining global insight into different markets and media strategies and tools while handling clients across Asia.