Alison Jones will become senior vice-president of circular economy at Stellantis, leaving her current role as boss of the firm’s UK operations.
Jones’s move to a global Stellantis role comes as part of a wider corporate shake-up that, the firm says, reflects its ‘Dare Forward 2030’ strategic plan.
Jones, who last night won Autocar's Editor's Award, will be replaced by Vauxhall UK managing director Paul Willcox. Willcox will now be responsible for the UK operations of Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Jeep and Alfa Romeo.
Jones has spearheaded Stellantis’s UK presence since February 2019.
Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said: “The daily challenges and ongoing deep transformation of the automotive industry requires organisational agility and talent at the right place at the right timing across our company.
“After the successful start of Stellantis’s operations, these appointments reflect the bold ambitions of our strategic plan 'Dare Forward 2030' and will strongly contribute to the transformation path we have already started since Stellantis was formed in January 2021.”
Meanwhile, Maxime Picat, currently chief operating officer for Stellantis’s Enlarged Europe operations, will become chief purchasing and supply chain officer. The Frenchman replaces Michelle Wen, who leaves the company to focus on personal projects.
Picat’s new responsibilities include lowering the cost of electric vehicles by 40% and streamlining the firm’s purchasing and supply chain activity.
Opel and Vauxhall CEO Uwe Hochgeschurtz will take up Picat’s former role of Enlarged Europe chief operating officer, focusing on Stellantis’s continued efforts towards electrification, with the target of being the top brand in Europe with double-digit profitability.
The new CEO of Opel and Vauxhall will be Florian Huettl. He was previously Opel and Vauxhall’s head of sales and marketing and has spent time at the Renault Group and various other Stellantis brands.