Apollo Tyres Ltd. has appointed Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula chief technology officer (CTO). He will spearhead the company's global initiatives on passenger and truck tire technology, research and new product development.
Bhagavathula also was named a member of Apollo's management board.
"As we focus on the two key pillars of marketing and technology for the next phase of our growth, Dr. Seshu, with his vast experience, will bring in the much needed synergy across locations," says Neeraj Kanwar, vice chairman and managing director. "He would also help us in providing intelligent automotive solutions to our customers."
Bhagavathula's last assignment was with Great Wall Motor Co. in China, where he served as the vice president of research and development. Prior to this, he had spent a significant part of his career with Daimler AG at multiple locations, where he was responsible for product development and integration of engineering processes.
"I am positive that we will be able to bring out competitive products to address the requirements of our global customers,” says Bhagavathula, who will be based out of the company’s Global R&D Centre in Enschede, The Netherlands.
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.