John K Paul Takes Over as President of FADA

At the 281st Council Meeting held immediately after the 52nd AGM on 23rd September 2016 at Kochi, John K Paul was unanimously elected as the President of Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) for the year 2016-17. John K Paul is the first automobile dealer from Kerala to have been elected as President of FADA.

Managing one of the largest groups engaged in retail automobile trade in India, John K Paul is the Managing Director of Popular Vehicles and Services Ltd, Popular Mega Motors (India) Ltd and Director of Popular Kuttukaran Cars Private Ltd, Popular Auto Dealers Pvt Ltd, Popular Auto Spares Pvt Ltd, Popular Autoworks Pvt Ltd. He is also Partner of Kuttukaran Trading Ventures – comprising the divisions of Popular Automobiles, Popular Mill Stores & Kuttukaran Engine Rebuilders, Auto House, Popular Infotech, Kuttukaran Machine Tools.

He is the Managing Trustee of Kuttukaran Foundation running the Kuttukaran Institute for Human Resources Development.

He is an Engineering Graduate from the Regional Engineering College, Calicut. He was the President of the Kerala Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the year 2005-06. He was also the President of both the Kerala Hockey Association and the Ernakulam District Hockey Association.

John K Paul is, currently, also the President of Kerala Automobile Dealers Association.

John K Paul has been actively associated with FADA for the last 6-7 years and was Hony Secretary in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and Vice President in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

At the same meeting, Ashish Kale, Vinkesh Gulati and Saurabh Kedia were elected as Vice President, Hony Secretary and Hony Treasurer, respectively, for the year 2016-17.

Ashish Kale, Vice President

Ashish Kale, 43, is the Managing Director of Provincial Automobile Co. Pvt Ltd, based in Nagpur. Provincial Automobile has been in the auto dealership business since 1930 and is one of the oldest dealer-partners of Mahindra and Mahindra, both for its Auto Division and Farm Equipment Division. It also operates multiple franchisees of Mahindra First Choice Wheels.

Provincial Auto is also the dealer-partner for Bharat Benz Trucks and Buses as well as for Nissan Motor India.

In addition to auto dealership business, the Provincial Group has forayed into the Insurance services under licence by IRDA, which is carried on by another group company, namely, Provincial Insurance Broking Pvt Ltd.

Ashish Kale has been the President of Vidarbha Automobile Dealer Association (VADA) since 2012, a very active association of automobile dealers in Vidarbha region, affiliated to FADA. Under his leadership, VADA has organized 2 tremendously successful Auto Expo’s in Nagpur, with participation from all OEMs.

Ashish is also member of a number of social & sporting organizations in Nagpur, such as the Rotary Club of Nagpur, Vidarbha Cricket Association, Gondwana Club and Central Provinces Club, and is actively involved in their activities.

Vinkesh Gulati, Hony Secretary

Vinkesh Gulati is Partner at United Automobiles, Allahabad, an authorised dealership of Mahindra & Mahindra and also the Sr Vice President of United Group of Institutions.

Graduated from Allahabad University, Vinkesh has been a member of FADA Council for a number of years and actively involved in the activities of FADA.

Vinkesh Gulati was Hony Treasurer of FADA since January 2016.

Saurabh Kedia, Hony Treasurer

Saurabh Kedia is Director of Kedia group with primary interests in Automotive Retailing and FMCG distribution with brands like Mahindra & Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, Honda Cars India Ltd, Case Construction & ITC Ltd. One of the most awarded business houses, the group is now 1500 people strong.

An MBA from IIM Bangalore he has successfully managed transition from old style family business to a professional organisation with focus on new age practices.      

He is responsible for all new projects and heading the automobile operations of the group. He has been part of the business for the last 10 years and is looking towards reshaping current business into a large scale automobile dealership house with geographic and brand diversity.

He is the past Chairman of Motor Industries Association, West Bengal. He is also a Member of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) – Young Indians (Committee member YI-YUVA)  and Family Business Network – Kolkata Chapter.

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