Thursday, January 7, 2021

Karachi-born NED University Alum Leads Mercedes Entry into Electric Vehicles Market

Pakistani-German Sajjad Khan is leading German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz's entry into the electric vehicle market with six new all-electric “EQ” models, according to media reports.  Sajjad Khan was born in Karachi and graduated from NED Engineering University with a degree in computer science. 

Sajjad Khan, Executive Vice President, Mercedes Electric Vehicles


Sajjad Khan is currently executive vice president and a board member of Stuttgart-based Daimler. He is partnering with entrepreneurs around the world, including those in Silicon Valley where Mercedes has a development  team of over 300 people in Sunnyvale, California. Mercedes-Benz EQS line is the first to utilize the new electric architecture designed for high-end luxury and executive EV models.

Prior to the CES 2021 show in Las Vegas, Sajjad Khan has unveiled details of Mercedes' 56 inch MBUX Hyperscreen system that represents the latest evolution of the automaker’s MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) central command center.  “The MBUX Hyperscreen is at the same time the brain and nervous system of the car, [as] it is connected to all components of the vehicle and communicates with them,” says Khan. 

Sajjad Khan was born on October 30, 1973, in Karachi, Pakistan. Sajjad Khan joined DaimlerChrysler AG in 2001, according to Mercedes-Benz website. There he worked on various projects in the field of infotainment before transferring to the materials purchasing department in 2004, where he procured electronic components for cars. 


Sajjad Khan left Mercedes and moved to Magna in 2007, where he was responsible as director for the e-car and electronics unit as well as for cross-section functions in global procurement. From 2011 to 2015, he worked for BMW Group AG, where he ultimately became Vice President, responsible for the Connected Drive system worldwide. 

Sajjad Khan took over the responsibility for Digital Vehicle & Mobility as Vice President at Daimler AG in spring 2015. He has also served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of CASE  (Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services, Electric). Since October 2018, Sajjad Khan leads the entire CASE organization.




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4 comments:

Tafseer said...

Nice sharing Riaz. Pakistan is also entering into Electric Vehicles Area. Let us hope Sajjad Khan may be helpful

Riaz Haq said...

Tafseer: "Nice sharing Riaz. Pakistan is also entering into Electric Vehicles Area. Let us hope Sajjad Khan may be helpful"

Yes. Pakistan now has an EV policy. Its focus is on low cost affordable basic EV. https://www.riazhaq.com/2019/11/pakistans-electric-vehicle-policy.html?m=1

Riaz Haq said...



Shell, KE to set up EV charging stations in Karachi
KARACHI: Shell Pakistan Limited (SPL) and K-Electric Limited (KE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop the first three Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations across Karachi and its connecting highways, a statement said on Friday.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/771368-shell-ke-to-set-up-ev-charging-stations-in-karachi

The locations selected for installing 50 KWH Rapid chargers are: Shell Defence Filling-Station in Khayaban-e-Bahria, Askari Filling Station in Gulshan Town, and Mardan Filling Station in Gadap Town.

The statement said over the next 3 to 5 years, SPL and KE would explore the opportunity of additional sites and strategically expand the EV charging network.

“While SPL will engage in the deployment of charging station equipment, site preparation, installation and manage its operations, the KE will ensure grid enhancement,” it added.

The government has recently formulated and approved a policy to promote the use of electric vehicles in Pakistan, as an eco-friendly mode of transportation.

Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Taha Magrabi, General Manager Retail of Shell Pakistan Limited said, “Billions of people rely on transport to get about. There are around 1 billion cars on the world’s roads. This means that the transport sector has a fundamental role to play in helping global efforts to reduce emissions”.

Magrabi said the government of Pakistan had approved the EV policy to help tackle effects of climate change and offer affordable transport to its people. “Playing a key role in this sector, SPL along with KE are keen to support the EV policy and its objectives, with our collaboration,” he added.

Naz Khan, K-Electric’s chief strategy officer said, “As the world moves towards cleaner modes of transport, KE looks to enable this shift by adding to infrastructure that will support the introduction of EVs across Karachi and Pakistan”.

“With the government announcing a target for 30 percent of all vehicles in the local market to be electric by 2030, KE, with Shell, looks forward to facilitating our customers towards utilising EVs and contributing to long-term environmental sustainability,” Khan added.

Riaz Haq said...

Sabir Sami Pakistani Canadian CEO KFC

International senior management experience in marketing, operations and general mangement with global consumer goods companies including P&G, Coca-Cola, Reckitt Benckiser and Yum! Brands.

Specialties: Strategy development, organisational change management and people development.

MBA from IBA Karachi, Pakistan 1984-1988


https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabir-sami-7544361/?trk=pub-pbmap&originalSubdomain=ca


Yum! Brands
Total Duration
2 yrs 9 mos
Title
KFC Global COO / Asia Managing Director
Full-time
Dates Employed
Jan 2020 – Present
Employment Duration
1 yr 9 mos
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Title
Managing Director - MenaPakT & Asia
Dates Employed
Jan 2019 – Dec 2019
Employment Duration
12 mos
Location
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Yum! Restaurants International
General Manager, KFC. Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan & Turkey
Company Name

Yum! Restaurants International
Dates Employed
Apr 2015 – Jan 2020
Employment Duration
4 yrs 10 mos
Location
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Managing Director
Company Name

Yum Restaurants, Turkey
Dates Employed
Mar 2013 – Apr 2015
Employment Duration
2 yrs 2 mos
Location
Istanbul, Turkey
Yum! Restaurants International, Canada
General Manager
Company Name

Yum! Restaurants International, Canada
Dates Employed
Mar 2009 – Feb 2013
Employment Duration
4 yrs
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Company Name
Reckitt Benckiser Canada
Total Duration
5 yrs 10 mos
Title
General Manager
Dates Employed
Dec 2005 – Jan 2009
Employment Duration
3 yrs 2 mos
Title
Marketing Director
Dates Employed
Apr 2003 – Nov 2005
Employment Duration
2 yrs 8 mos

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General Manager
Company Name

Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan
Dates Employed
Mar 2000 – Mar 2003
Employment Duration
3 yrs 1 mo
Coca-Cola
Company Name
Coca-Cola
Total Duration
4 yrs 4 mos
Title
Regional Marketing Director
Dates Employed
Jul 1996 – Apr 2000
Employment Duration
3 yrs 10 mos
Location
Singapore
Title
Marketing Director
Dates Employed
Jan 1996 – Sep 1996
Employment Duration
9 mos
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Operations Marketing VP
Company Name

F&NCC Singapore
Dates Employed
1998 – 1999
Employment Duration
1 yr
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Brand Manager
Company Name

Procter & Gamble Pakistan
Dates Employed
1990 – 1994
Employment Duration
4 yrs
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Asst Brand Manager
Company Name

P&G Australia
Dates Employed
1989 – 1990
Employment Duration
1 yr