Tata Motors' design head Pratap Bose, quits; Martin Uhlarik takes over

FPJ Web Desk | Updated on: Thursday, April 29, 2021, 11:36 AM IST

Pratap Bose | Twitter
Pratap Bose | Twitter

In a surprise move, Pratap Bose, till recently the head of design for Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), has resigned. Bose has chosen to pursue opportunities outside the company, the company said in a release.

Tata Motors on Thursday announced the appointment of Martin Uhlarik as the company's new Global Design Head. Uhlarik, who takes over his new role from Pratap Bose, was till recently the head of design for Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), PTI said.

Bose has been associated with Tata Motors since 2011 when he was appointed as Head of Design. He is responsible for the design of passenger cars and commercial vehicles. He has worked across three in-house design centers - Pune, Turin (Italy) and European technical center in the UK where he leads a team of 180 employees.

He has been instrumental for the implementation of Tata Motor's new design language IMPACT Design 2.0.

Uhlarik will report to Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit at Tata Motors, the company said in a release.

Uhlarik will continue to operate from TMETC in the UK, leading the teams at the three Tata Motors Design centres -- Coventry (UK), Turin (Italy) and Pune, said the company.

"Martin is an experienced automobile designer with deep domain knowledge of design, keen understanding of international trends and extensive operational experience with leading automobile companies in several geographies.

"His rich experience and expertise will inspire our teams to further enhance our vehicle design philosophy and language,” said Guenter Butschek, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, CEO & MD, Tata Motors.

Over the course of his 27-year career, Uhlarik has been involved in the design of successful nameplates with leading global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Since joining Tata Motors in 2016, as Head of Design, UK, he has led the development of the Impact 3 generation of vehicles.

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Published on: Thursday, April 29, 2021, 11:25 AM IST