Samsonite International S.A., world’s largest manufacturer and leading luggage brand for more than 100 years, today announced the appointment of Mr. Ramesh Tainwala as Chief Operating Officer with immediate effect. In his new role, Mr. Tainwala will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business of the company globally and continue to be directly involved in the management of the company’s business in China, Philippines and Australia. Mr. Leo Boo Suk Suh will be taking over from Mr. Tainwala as President, Samsonite Asia and Middle East.
Mr. Ramesh Tainwala, COO, Samsonite International S.A, said ““I am delighted to take on my new role at a time when increasing number of people are traveling and every market across the world presents interesting challenges. In this backdrop, I hope I will be able to strengthen Samsonite’s leadership position globally.”
Mr.Tainwala served as Executive Director and President, Asia-Pacific and Middle East of Samsonite International SA since February 10, 2011. In his role as President, Mr. Tainwala’s principal responsibility was to manage and develop the Group’s business in Asia Pacific. The responsibilities of this role included the Group’s manufacturing operations in India as well as marketing and sales in the Middle East, West Asia and Australia. Mr. Tainwala has been the General Manager of the Group’s Middle Eastern Operation since January 2007 and has been the chief operating officer of the Group’s Indian operation since June 2000.
Samsonite was created in 1910 by entrepreneurial Colorado native Jesse Shwayder, and was first called the Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company. Shwayder quickly recognised the financial opportunities in the growing luggage market due to the 'Gold Rush', which saw more and more people travelling from coast to coast to seek their fortunes. With a longstanding history of breakthroughs in luggage development the brand has always been a leader in polypropylene suitcases but also continues to develop a wide range of polycarbonate products. The leader in ground-breaking designs, in 2011, Samsonite will introduce the B-Lite™ Fresh, its lightest ever softside suitcase.
FIRSTS: Samsonite is renowned for a number of ground breaking innovations. These include the 1969 launch of the first Samsonite polypropylene case named Saturn® with injection-moulded shells. This revolutionary design later became the most widely accepted way to produce modern hardside luggage. In 1974 the first Samsonite suitcase on wheels named Silhouette® was introduced. Then in 2008, Samsonite launched their lightest and strongest award-winning luggage range, Cosmolite, made famous for its innovative Curv® material.
TODAY: Samsonite offers its customers hundreds of product lines in 55 countries in EMEA and in over 120 countries across the world.
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