Ravi Kirpalani will join thyssenkrupp India on 14 March 2016 and take charge as the CEO of the regional headquarters of thyssenkrupp India effective 1 July 2016.
Indian-born, Kirpalani's last role was the Managing Director of Castrol India Ltd. Prior to joining thyssenkrupp he spent over 16 years at BP where he held a number of roles in India and in the UK. He will provide ongoing support for the strategic development of all thyssenkrupp’s business in India.
He succeeds Dr Michael Thiemann, who has been responsible for the region since 1 May 2013 and previously held various management functions at thyssenkrupp Uhde GmbH over a period of more than 35 years, including member of the Management Board and CEO.
India is currently the third most important market in Asia for thyssenkrupp, according to the company. In FY2014-15 the group generated sales of around EUR560m in the country and employed almost 6000 people at local companies.