Manu Saale

Manu Saale

CEO, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development India

Manu Saale is the Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development India(MBRDI), with headquarters in Bengaluru.

Soon after completing his Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics and Communication in 1995, Manu began his career with Bosch, German automotive Tier 1 supplier in Bangalore. Thus began his long association with the German automotive industry and thereby the country, culture and language.  Part of his global projects and leadership roles included working extensively in Germany, China, Brazil and South Korea. He is fluent in German.

As the leader of MBRDI, the largest R&D center outside of Germany, he is responsible for offshore strategy, build-up of specific tech know-how and R&D expertise in India, and execution of global projects. His team of over 5000 engineers work on various product portfolios of Daimler.

Adding to his profile, Manu is now aggressively working on the ‘Digital Transformation’ at MBRDI, as part of the global Daimler strategy and recently hosted the biggest Daimler DigitalLifeDay outside of Germany. He proudly launched the Daimler Startup Autobahnin India in May 2018.

Often a keynote speaker in various automotive and leadership forums, Manu brings life to a discussion owing to his extensive experience and unique perspective on automotive and manufacturing.