As someone who helps automotive businesses recruit their senior leaders, it is a question I often ask myself when briefing them about potential candidates.

In too many organisations across the sector, there seems to be an unspoken rule that senior executives are most productive in their late 30s or early 40s, and that everything is downhill after that.

They don’t own up to age bias, of course, though I can think of one multinational company that is quite brazen in asking about a candidate’s age before considering their suitability for a role.

Apart from being unethical, this makes absolutely no sense.