Jaguar Land Rover restructures executive management committee

Luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has restructured the composition of its executive committee, unifying marketing and sales structure of its Jaguar and Land Rover brands and also creating dedicated resources in strategy development and processes.

All of the changes will be effective 1 October 2013, the Tata group company said in a statement.

The company has appointed Phil Popham, currently director of group sales operations, as group marketing director at JLR. In his new role, he will be responsible for all global marketing activity on both the Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

Andy Goss, currently president-JLR North America, will become group sales operations director with responsibility for global sales and customer service. Goss will take over the lead of Popham's current team and will join the executive committee.

An announcement about the successor to the role of president-JLR North America will be made in due course, it added.

Adrian Hallmark, currently global brand director for Jaguar, has been appointed to the new role of group strategy director with responsibility for developing business strategy, process and supporting strategic projects.

John Edwards, currently global brand director for Land Rover, will move to a new role in the senior management team, which will be subject to a future announcement.

''This reorganisation represents a natural evolution of our management team, designed to sharpen our relentless focus on customer first. It is the next phase in our development, mirroring the recent changes we made to product creation and delivery, and bringing together the strategy and processes supporting the brands,'' Ralf Speth, chief executive at JLR, said.

In addition, Wolfram Liedtke, currently director-quality and automotive safety, will be retiring from the company by the end of this calendar year. Grant McPherson, currently operations director, Castle Bromwich plant, will succeed him.