Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors has appointed Carl-Peter Forster as the group chief executive officer of the Indian company's motoring operation.

Mr Forster will have the overall responsibility of Tata Motors’ operations globally – including Jaguar Land Rover.

Tata said Mr Forster, aged 55, has 24 years of international experience in the automobile industry.

Most recently he was the head of General Motors, Europe, where he looked after Opel/Vauxhall, Saab and the European activities of Chevrolet.

Before joining General Motors in 2001, Mr. Forster had 13 years experience at BMW where he held various positions including that of managing director of BMW South Africa and was also on the Managing Board of BMW responsible for manufacturing.

Ratan Tata, chairman, of Tata Sons and Tata Motors, said, "Tata Motors expects that Mr Forster’s induction will greatly facilitate its ambition towards being a truly international company."