Manu Saale

Managing Director and CEO,
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development India Pvt. Ltd. (MBRDI)

Manu Saale is the Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development India Pvt. Ltd. (MBRDI), Daimler’s largest R&D setup outside of Germany. At Daimler he is responsible for offshore strategy, build-up of specific tech know-how and R&D expertise in India and execution of global projects.

He began his career with Bosch in November 1995 at Bangalore. From 1996 onwards, Manu worked on various automotive powertrain projects and applications. He had long-term and short-term stints in Germany, China, Brazil and South Korea as part of his projects and leadership positions until May 2011 at the company.

He currently leads a team of more than 4500 engineers in MBRDI working on various product portfolios of Daimler. Notable amongst them is a team of crash experts spearheading high-end safety projects. With the ‘SAFE ROADS’ initiative, he is one of the key spokesperson for the safety mandate in India for Daimler.

Having spent more than two decades in the automotive sector, Manu brings life to a discussion owing to his extensive experience and unique perspective on automotive and manufacturing. In addition, Manu, being a fluent speaker, has delivered energizing keynotes at several internal / external conferences and industry events across the world.