Bob Grace, previously Jaguar Land Rover Overseas Operations Director, has been appointed to the newly created position of President, Jaguar Land Rover China. As President, Grace will oversee the company’s rapidly expanding operations in China and focus on managing sales growth of the two brands. Grace first joined the company in 1985 and has served in a variety of global leadership positions.
Last month Jaguar Land Rover revealed its operations in China will in future run as a wholly-owned National Sales Company (NSC). The announcement – now further bolstered with Grace’s appointment – coincided with the opening of a new Training Academy which will offer sales, technical and management training to approximately 3,000 company delegates per year, helping Jaguar Land Rover China to further establish itself as a premium player in this growing marketplace.
Grace will be supported in his new role by Chris Brown who will move from his current role as Jaguar Land Rover China Managing Director to a newly created position, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs. Brown will establish Jaguar Land Rover’s national presence in Beijing, where the company will build a new team to engage with the Chinese Government, automotive industry groups and the media on the company’s behalf. Brown has served as Managing Director, China, since 2005 and has guided the company’s rapid growth in the market.
Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover said: “The expansion of our executive management team in China is further reflection of the crucial importance China plays to the company’s success and development globally. Bob Grace and Chris Brown have accomplished great things for Jaguar Land Rover and together they will manage our next phase of growth in China.”
[Source: Jaguar Land Rover]