Jaguar Land Rover today announced changes in the composition of the Executive Committee, that position the company to maximise the future growth opportunities for the Group.
The changes include the revision of Executive Committee roles to reflect the recent international sales growth and increased operational scale of the UK-based manufacturer.
As part of the changes, Jaguar Land Rover will create a unified marketing and sales leadership structure for the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, whilst also creating dedicated resources in strategy development and processes.
All of the changes will be effective from 1 October 2013. Dr Speth announced that:
- Phil Popham, currently Director Group Sales Operations, will become Group Marketing Director Jaguar Land Rover. In this new role he will be responsible for all global marketing activity on both the Jaguar and Land Rover brands.
- Andy Goss, currently President JLR North America, will become Group Sales Operations Director with responsibility for global sales and customer service. Andy will take over the lead of Phil Popham’s current team and will join the Executive Committee. An announcement about the successor to the role of President JLR North America will be made in due course.
- Adrian Hallmark, currently Global Brand Director for Jaguar, is appointed to the new role of Group Strategy Director with responsibility for developing business strategy, process and supporting strategic projects.
- John Edwards, currently Global Brand Director for Land Rover, will move to a new role in the senior management team which will be subject to a future announcement.
Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, said: “This reorganisation represents a natural evolution of our management team, designed to sharpen our relentless focus on customer first. It is the next phase in our development, mirroring the recent changes we made to product creation and delivery, and bringing together the strategy and processes supporting the brands.”
In addition, Dr Wolfram Liedtke, currently Director Quality and Automotive Safety, will be retiring from the company at the end of this calendar year. His successor will be Grant McPherson, currently Operations Director, Castle Bromwich plant. He will report directly to Dr Ralf Speth and join the Executive Committee.
Dr Speth added: “I want to extend my thanks to Wolfram for his significant achievements in embedding forward-thinking quality systems further into the business. I wish him a long and happy retirement.”