JLR names Ralph Speth as CEO

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, February 18, 2010

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today announced it had appointed Dr Ralph Speth as Chief Executive Officer with overall responsibility for the company's operations.

A press release from JLR said Dr Speth would report to Mr Carl-Peter Forster, who was recently appointed as Group CEO of Tata Motors, its parent company.

Dr. Speth, 54, has more than 22 years of experience in the European automobile industry, most of which was at BMW where his last appointment was Vice President, Land Rover.

Later he was Director Production, Quality and Product Planning at Premier Automotive Group of Ford Ltd. After that, Dr. Speth has been with the Linde Group where he was the Head of Global Operations reporting to the Chairman.

"The introduction of Dr. Ralf Speth into Jaguar Land Rover under the guidance of Carl-Peter Forster will considerably strengthen the management of the Company and enhance the position and reputation of the two iconic brands in line with the long term strategy of the company," Mr Ravi Kant, Vice Chairman, Tata Motors said.