Italian luxury car maker Automobili Pininfarina, a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, has appointed Paolo Dellacha as CEO. He previously served as Director of Products and Engineering and succeeds Per Svantesson, who is retiring following the successful launch of the Battista, the company’s first luxury electric vehicle.
Dellacha is a highly experienced engineer with experience in management positions at Ferrari and Maserati before joining Automobili Pininfarina in 2018. He played a leading role in the development and manufacture of the Battista, a very acclaim, as well as in preparing the company’s strategy for the introduction of a future portfolio of luxury electric cars.
As the new CEO of Automobili Pininfarina, Dellacha expressed his gratitude for the opportunity and his commitment to lead the company through its next phase of evolution. It plans to strengthen the company’s position as a leader in electrified automotive luxury by leveraging its recognition as a design leader and the technical expertise it has developed through the development of the Battista.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to lead Automobili Pininfarina into its next phase of evolution. As a proud Italian, Pininfarina’s heritage is still an inspiration to me. The Battista was named in the honor of the founder of this revered brand and it has been my privilege to oversee a highly talented technical team throughout its successful development,” said Dellacha.
Gurpratap Boparai, CEO of Automotive Business in Europe for Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, expressed his delight to announce the promotion of Dellacha and his confidence in his leadership. He also thanked Per Svantesson for leading the company through environmental and economic challenges and delivering a design masterpiece in the Battista.
Automobili Pininfarina is based in Munich, Germany, with a team of experienced executives from luxury and premium car brands. The Battista and future vehicles will be designed, manufactured and handcrafted in Italy and sold in all major world markets.
Deliveries of the Battista to the United States already began in October last year.