JAGUAR Land Rover owners Tata Motors have unveiled a new man at the helm – in the shape of well-known motor industry executive Carl-Peter Forster.
Mr Forster, most recently the head of General Motors, Europe, is the new Group Chief Executive Officer of the Indian conglomerate’s motoring operation, which includes JLR. Last November Mr Forster left GM after the Detroit group reneged on a deal to sell the British and German operations to Canadian car parts group Magna.
Whilst Mr Forster will have overall ultimate responsibility for JLR, a successor is still being sought for a new West Midland-based chief executive following the surprise departure of David Smith last month.
Mr Smith, who had led the vehicle maker through the industry’s worst downturn for decades, left in January.
Mr Forster, 55, has 24 years of international experience in the automobile industry. Before joining General Motors in 2001, he had 13 years’ experience at BMW where he held various positions, including managing director at BMW South Africa.