Fiat Group Automobiles India and Chrysler India Automotive have named Nagesh Basavanhalli president and managing director for Fiat and Chrysler India operations as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the business position in India.

Previously Basavanhalli was responsible for Fiat and Chrysler’s APAC (Asia Pacific) technical centre in Chennai, the Economic Times of India reported. In the newly created position, Basavanhalli will manage Fiat and Chrysler India operations, reporting to Mike Manley, chief operating officer for the APAC region at Fiat SpA.

Enrico Atanasio, who previously was the managing director of FGAIPL, the national sales company in India, will take on new responsibilities with the APAC region to be announced later.

"In the short term, Enrico will work closely with Nagesh on a smooth transition of responsibilities and integration of the new structure to support the continued development of our business in India," said Manley.

Basavanhalli joined Chrysler in 1994 and since has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and product planning.