Aston Martin’s new CEO, Andy Palmer, has taken-up his new role at the helm of the Gaydon-based car-maker.
Mr Palmer marked his arrival by introducing himself to the workforce and production stopped briefly to enable a commemorative picture to be taken and posted to Twitter.
Mr Palmer is a British-born chartered engineer, chartered manager and businessman with 35 years of automotive industry experience.
As the new Aston Martin CEO, the 51-year-old assumes operational responsibility for all aspects of the business.
He will lead the company in its next phase of product creation, succeeding Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s boss for the past 14 years.
He described joining the luxury sportscar-maker from Nissan as “a decision of the head and the heart” and pledged to deliver “a new era of growth”.
He said: “Being asked to lead Aston Martin, an iconic brand with tremendous global recognition and potential, was an opportunity impossible to refuse. Together we will create the next generation of Aston Martin products for the future.”
Mr Palmer started his professional career in 1979 aged 16, as an apprentice at Automotive Products (UK).
After six years with Austin Rover, he joined Nissan in 1991, embarking on a 24-year career with the Japanese firm which saw him become its chief planning officer.
In 2012 he was named the automotive industry’s most influential British executive by Auto Express.