Jaguar Land Rover has announced the appointement of Dr Ralf Speth as its new chief executive.

Dr Speth, who will have overall responsibility for JLR’s operations, will report to Carl-Peter Forster, who was recently named the group chief executive of Tata Motors.

The firm said Dr Speth, who is 54, has more than 22 years experience in the European auto industry, most of which was at BMW. His last role was vice president of Land Rover.

Before that he was director of production, quality and product planning at the premier automotive group of Ford. He has also been with the Linde Group, where he was the head of global operations reporting to the chairman.

Ravi Kant, the vice chairman of Tata Motors, said: "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."