Currently reading: Ex-Renault boss Thierry Bollore named as new JLR CEO
Frenchman will succeed Sir Ralf Speth as the head of the UK's largest car maker on 10 September
Felix Page Autocar writer
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28 July 2020

Ex-Renault CEO Thierry Bolloré has been announced as the new CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, replacing Sir Ralf Speth.

The Frenchman will assume his new role on 10 September, following his dismissal from Groupe Renault’s board of directors in October last year. 

Reports at the time suggested Renault was aiming to distance itself from disgraced former chief Carlos Ghosn and that Bolloré had a difficult relationship with bosses at partner brand Nissan

The appointment was announced by Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chairman of JLR parent company Tata, who said: "I'm delighted to welcome Thierry to Jaguar Land Rover. An established global business leader with a proven track record of implementing complex transformations, Thierry will bring a wealth of experience to one of the most revered positions in the industry."

Speth, who recently announced his departure from the CEO role after 10 years at the helm, will assume the role of non-executive vice chairman of JLR. 

Bolloré brings more than 30 years of experience to his new position, having previously held management roles at tyre manufacturer Michelin and parts manufacturer Faurecia before joining the board at Groupe Renault in September 2012. He was named CEO on 24 January 2019 but served for only 10 months before being ousted in a surprise management shake-up. 

During his brief tenure, he was keen to explore the possibility of a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, telling Autocar: "We need scale". Talks broke down in June 2019, however, with the French government unwilling to dilute its share in Renault and Nissan accused of obstructing talks. 

Commenting on the news, Bolloré said: "Jaguar Land Rover is known around the world for its peerless brand heritage, exquisite design and deep engineering integrity. It will be my privilege to lead this fantastic company through what continues to be the most testing time of our generation.

"Renowned for their passion and spirit, the people of Jaguar Land Rover are the driving force behind its success. I couldn’t be more excited to join the team continuing to shape the future of this iconic company."

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28 July 2020

Well his first job is to get rid of McGovern.

28 July 2020
eseaton wrote:

Well his first job is to get rid of McGovern.

 

Hear hear. Second job to sort out reliability.

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28 July 2020

Quite, Driver. I agree

I have to wonder with a comment like "deep engineering integrity" I wonder if  Thierry has actually done his homework before excepting the position?

29 July 2020

 

Hear hear. Second job to sort out reliability.

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A Renault man to do this? LOL......

28 July 2020
eseaton wrote:

Well his first job is to get rid of McGovern.

 

That's Sir McGovern to you, peasant. 

28 July 2020

From a Peasant !  explain to me why he was made a Sir ?  Not the best designer out there and certainly overated IMHO. 

28 July 2020
Antony Riley wrote:

From a Peasant !  explain to me why he was made a Sir ?  Not the best designer out there and certainly overated IMHO. 

Antony, why Sir McGovern was made a Sir is of no concern. He is a Sir and you are not. Call him a Sir, like the journalist does, that is the way of the world.

28 July 2020

He's not been knighted. Gerry McGovern was awarded the OBE.

28 July 2020
eseaton wrote:

Well his first job is to get rid of McGovern.

Why?

Evoque, Velar, RR Sport, RR, Discovery Sport are all sales sucesses. Evoque breaking new ground for JLR and being transormative. The Velar captured lots more sales and barely impacted the other RR cars. Defender we need to wait and see how it sells, given Covid 19 disruption, but styling to some extent dictated by Speth and the rest of JLR management becauase they knew a Grenadier job could never make any real money. That leaves the Discovery which Mcgovern could have done a much better job of styling, though I'm planning to buy one anyway.

Reliability does need to be a key focus at JLR. Though I'd argue people need to compare Apples with Apples. Nissan may be way ahead on reliability but their cars are much simpler. Audi meanwhile is barely ahead of JLR these days and last time I looked behind Jaguar. Jaguar's in my view are less complex, Land Rover's much more. Let's start talking about Audi, BMW, etc when we talk JLR because the gap is bigger in perception than reality. JLR need get ahead of these guy's and then focus on showing they beat the Germans...forget the rest.,

28 July 2020
TStag wrote:

eseaton wrote:

Well his first job is to get rid of McGovern.

Why?

Evoque, Velar, RR Sport, RR, Discovery Sport are all sales sucesses. Evoque breaking new ground for JLR and being transormative. The Velar captured lots more sales and barely impacted the other RR cars. Defender we need to wait and see how it sells, given Covid 19 disruption, but styling to some extent dictated by Speth and the rest of JLR management becauase they knew a Grenadier job could never make any real money. That leaves the Discovery which Mcgovern could have done a much better job of styling, though I'm planning to buy one anyway.

Reliability does need to be a key focus at JLR. Though I'd argue people need to compare Apples with Apples. Nissan may be way ahead on reliability but their cars are much simpler. Audi meanwhile is barely ahead of JLR these days and last time I looked behind Jaguar. Jaguar's in my view are less complex, Land Rover's much more. Let's start talking about Audi, BMW, etc when we talk JLR because the gap is bigger in perception than reality. JLR need get ahead of these guy's and then focus on showing they beat the Germans...forget the rest.,

I really like how our Discovery Sport looks. Very nice looking car. Reliability so far is good. I know JLR is always at the bottom of the ratings, but happy wife happy life as they say. For some reason rear window flash does not work anymore (probably squeezed pipeline, will fix under warranty), otherwise no mechanical problems. The software for the rear view camera is garbage, bluetooth connection to the phone is garbage, I admit, so on software side DiscoSport annoys. We love that car anyway, for the price (we got it on 30% discount new), simple and very spacious, and looks good.  What I would see myself in if I were to change Disco Sport to another SUV? Not RR, though I drove it and it is a bank vault kind of car. I think I would prefer a MB GLE AMG 53 or 63, or maybe X5M (not the one with the ugly huge nostrils). It is not that we need all that power, it is for the feel. Our Disco is 240hp petrol, it is fast enough for us, 200 on German Autobahn is no problem.

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