Daimler India has appointed Manu Saale as its head of Research and Development in India. Manu Saale succeeds Dr. Jens Cattarius, who takes over new responsibilities within Mercedes-Benz R&D in Stuttgart/Germany. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler, introduced Manu Saale as new Managing Director and CEO of MBRDI.
Manu Saale, joined Daimler in 2011 and worked at MBRDI as Head of department for Electrical & Electronics Engineering. Since July 2013, he has received extensive insights and training within various R&D departments in Stuttgart to get prepared for his new assignment.
MBRDI was established in Bangalore in 1996 and currently employs around 1,400 people. MBRDI is the largest Daimler Research and Development Center of Daimler outside Germany and at the same time the largest, most modern R&D center owned by a German automotive manufacturer in India. It contributes in the areas of Computer Simulation (CAE), Design (CAD), Electric/Electronics and IT-Services.
Prof. Thomas Weber expressed his sincere thanks to Dr. Cattarius for his commitment and achievements within the last three years, where MBRDI anchored itself within Daimler’s global R&D network and steadily grew to become the largest facility outside Germany.
Prof. Thomas Weber pointed out: “With Manu Saale, being multilingual and Indian-born, we appointed an international expert and global player at the head of MBRDI. We are confident that the transferring of important specific know-how and expertise within Daimler R&D will further solidify MBRDI’s position as a strong player of Daimler’s global RD-network. We are committed to India and underline our confidence to this important growth market for Daimler. I am wishing both Dr. Jens Cattarius and Manu Saale all the best for their new assignments and thank both for their strong contributions and commitment to our company.”