Edwards will leave in June after 27 years of service at JLR. Four of those have been as managing director of SVO, which he has headed since it was launched back in 2014.
Newly appointed SVO boss van der Sande brings with him experience from Aston Martin, Tesla and Harley-Davidson. He most recently oversaw the development of the new Alpine A110 sports car and is the second senior Alpine employee to leave the brand in recent weeks, following chief engineer David Twohig's move to Byton.
Van der Sande said: “In just four years, Special Operations has established itself as a force in the automotive world with outstanding cars such as the Jaguar F-Type SVR and Range Rover SV Coupé (below), coupled with the revitalisation of the Classic business and continuation models such as the Jaguar XKSS. These are exceptional achievements and I relish the opportunity to lead the team behind these achievements to even greater success.”