Tim Leverton quits Tata Motors, to relocate to UK for personal reasons

Tata Motors chief technology officer (CTO) Timothy Leverton has stepped down to relocate to the United Kingdom, Tata Motors said today.

Tata Motors today announced that Timothy Leverton, President and Chief Technical Officer, ''has decided to disengage from his services with the company as he wishes to relocate back to UK for personal reasons.''

Tim joined Tata Motors in April 2010 as president and head of the Advanced Product Engineering Division. In this role he was responsible for leading the global R&D of all Tata branded passenger cars, trucks and buses.

Leverton will continue to remit his responsibilities till 31 October 2017. The company said it will announce a successor to Leverton in due course.

"It has been wonderful working with Tim during my tenure and it is indeed a loss that he has decided to leave and move back to UK for personal reasons.  Tim has actively led the research and development initiatives of Tata Motors and we thank him for his invaluable contribution wish him the very best in his future endeavours," Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, said.

Leverton has been instrumental in developing a family of new-age engines and powertrains branded as Revotron. These petrol and diesel engines were first seen in new generation cars such as Zest, Bolt and Tiago.

He has been involved in the engineering design and development of a wide range of vehicles and components, from the smallest car to the largest truck, as well as construction equipment.

He has also been involved in alternate fuel technology such as electric and hybrids and fully autonomous cars as well as connected cars.

Leverton has held a number of senior management positions with the Rover Group and Land Rover, as well as BMW Group as chief engineer for the 2003 Rolls-Royce Phantom, and JCB as group engineering director. Whilst at JCB he led the successful JCB Dieselmax project which raised the world land speed record for diesel powered cars to 350mph (563kph) at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA in August 2006.

Leverton has a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Aston University, UK, and an MBA and Engineering Doctorate from Warwick University, UK. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, in 2008.