Tata Technologies today announced that seasoned engineering executive Roger Townsend has joined the company to lead its North American Vehicle Programs & Development Group (VPD) business unit.

Townsend brings with him a wealth of industry experience, having worked at major automotive companies such as Ford, FCA, Jaguar, Nissan, Daimler Benz, and Magna Steyr. Most recently, Townsend was Chief Technology Officer at Metalsa, where he was responsible for implementing a new technology strategy covering the company’s chassis and body structure product portfolio, with emphasis on new and advanced products.

As Vice President, VPD – North America, Townsend will lead efforts to further enhance Tata Technologies’ already growing portfolio of capabilities, with a special focus on technology, program management and advanced materials.

“I am excited to start a new challenge with Tata Technologies and look forward to working with the team to further develop their already extensive service suite,” Townsend said. “I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on top quality service.”

Steve Haywood, Executive Vice President and Technical Director of VPD globally, said Townsend’s track record of engineering excellence, global program delivery and extensive NAFTA market experience will be instrumental in maintaining and enhancing Tata Technologies’ services to automotive OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers.

“Roger’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Tata Technologies family,” Haywood said. “We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the leading company in our industry. Increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our ethos of innovation and exceptional service, and it is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Roger’s caliber to fulfill this role.”

Tata Technologies’ Vehicle Programs & Development (VPD) Group is a strategic business unit of Tata Technologies assembled to meet the complex needs of the automotive industry. Drawing on talent at automotive engineering centers around the world, VPD Group is a strategic partner for developing complete vehicles, engineering subsystems and components, managing the NPI process and collaborative engineering. VPD Group works with automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region.
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