Jaguar Land Rover has appointed Dr Ralf Speth as its chief executive officer with overall responsibility for the company's operations.

Speth will report to Carl-Peter Forster, the recently appointed group chief executive officer of Tata Motors. Speth, 54, has worked in the European car industry for more than 22 years, including at BMW and Ford. His time at BMW included a spell as vice-president of Land Rover.

Ravi Kant, vice chairman, 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."

Jaguar Land Rover's chief executive David Smith left the company last month.

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