Forster to Tata
On November 6, 2009, GM announced that Carl-Peter Forster, GM group vice president and president, Opel Europe, was leaving his role as head of European operations that very day. His departure message included: “The past few years building the Opel brand has been a tremendous personal opportunity. We’ve seen great strides in design, quality and technology and the launch of truly world-class products. It’s been an honor to be part of the history of Opel, and I wish all the people with the organization only the best in what I’m certain will be a great future." While the future of Opel had truly been in question—sell, keep, sell, keep, sell, keep—Forster’s future is no longer in question, as today, Tata Motors Ltd. announced that Forster, who’d had not only experience with GM, but 13 years with BMW, as well, was joining the firm as Group Chief Executive Officer of Tata Motors. He will have a global responsibility.
While many people may think of Tata in the context of the Nano
which has the potential of revolutionizing car sales at the low end well beyond the borders of India, here’s something to keep in mind:
Tata also owns Jaguar and Land Rover, which Forster now runs.
In announcing the appointment of Forster, Ratan N. Tata, chairman of Tata Sons and Tata Motors, stated, “Tata Motors expect that Mr. Forster’s induction will greatly facilitate its ambient towards being a truly international company.”
Seems like people from Munich to Tokyo to Detroit ought to take notice.