Chandan Thakur has been appointed Managing Director of Michelin Malaysia Sdn Bhd succeeding Beltran Yturriaga who moved to MICHELIN’s regional office in Bangkok as Distribution Development Manager, East Asia and Oceania.
Chandan, 41, a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Bangalore India, has had a long enriching career evolution with the Michelin Group since 1999 and was Country Sales Manager, Passenger Cars and Light Trucks in Malaysia from June 2007 to April 2011. He also had stints as Country Sales Manager, Passenger Cars and Light Trucks in India from May 2011 to April 2013 and was Distribution Development Manager, East Asia and Oceania in Bangkok prior to his recent move here.
As Managing Director of Michelin Malaysia, Chandan aims to continue building on MICHELIN’s double digit sales growth achieved since recent years and enhance the brand’s footprint and long term customer loyalty, leveraging on the brand’s technology and innovation to build equity and deliver solutions that are increasingly effective and competitive, and perfectly suited to the challenges of mobility.
“Malaysians are very proud and discerning motorists, well informed and demand the highest value proposition for their vehicle, regardless whether they drive a MyVi, SUV or luxury car. We aim to leverage our growing network of TYREPLUS outlets and offer professional counsel to meet the driving styles and preferences of our customers. While the primary objective would be to prescribe MICHELIN as a tyre of choice, we do not adopt a one size fits all policy at our multi-brand stores and offer customers the flexibility to make informed choices. Safety, longevity, fuel saving, comfort and driving pleasure is the core of our DNA in offering our customers MICHELIN Total Performance,” Chandan added.
According to Chandan, besides increasing the TYREPLUS network presence nationwide, MICHELIN is also enhancing the footprint of its specialised truck and bus service centres at strategic locations throughout Malaysia to be closer to fleets and to better meet their needs.