V Sumantran, one of the noted figures in automotive world, has stepped down as vice-chairman from the board of Hinduja Automotive and Ashok Leyland. At the meeting of the Board of Directors of Ashok Leyland held on March 13, 2014, the resignation of Sumantran who is serving as non-executive vice chairman of the company, was accepted. His resignation will be effective from March 31,2014.

In addition to Ashok Leyland, Sumantran played a key role Ashok Leyland – Nissan partnership, which eventually introduced DOST, STiLE, Partner and MiTR. He was also instrumental in launching few products in Leyland – Deere joint venture and few vehicles for defence sector.

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