An Alpharetta company that will sell the first Indian-made automobiles in the U.S. has named a new vice president and general manager.

Ann Durham will take on both positions at Global Vehicles USA Inc., the exclusive marketer and distributor of a line of diesel-powered SUVs and trucks made by the Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group. 

The vehicles are scheduled to hit the U.S. market in mid-2009.

Ms. Durham is a former chief financial officer at Lotus Cars USA Inc., where she oversaw an overhaul of the company’s financial systems and gained experience in many aspects of the operation.

For more information on Global Vehicles USA and Mahindra’s U.S. plans, visit

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