Frenchman appointed Lotus CEO

Frenchman appointed Lotus CEO

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Jean-Marc Gales, has been appointed CEO of legendary British sports car and motorsport company, Lotus.

Gales until recently was the CEO of the European association of automotive suppliers (CLEPA) and prior to that president of PSA Peugeot Citroen,
Aslam Farikullah, who was appointed chief operating officer of Group Lotus plc following the takeover of the company by the Malaysian DRB-Hicom Group and its integration into the company’s Proton division, remains as a Lotus Cars Limited board member.

Gales has played a major role in the European car industry throughout his career working, in addition to PSA Peugeot Citroen and CLEPA, for Daimler AG, General Motors and Volkswagen AG.

As CLEPA chief executive, which represents European automotive component suppliers, from 2012 he played a key role in turning around the association through various strategic initiatives, including streamlining the working processes and increasing corporate members from 82 to 112.

CLEPA members employ more than five million people in Europe, provide 75% of the components for European-made vehicles and spend 50% of automotive research and development funds spent in Europe.

Before joining CLEPA, Gales was the president of Automobiles Citroen and Automobiles Peugeot between 2009 and 2012, where he restructured the entire sales value chain, implemented a new brand strategy for the DS Line and introduced the Citroen DS brand in major markets around the world. During his tenure the company delivered record retail sales in 2009 and 2010.

Lotus Group plc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-Hicom, has three divisions, Lotus Cars, Lotus Engineering and Lotus Motorsport.

Lotus Cars builds high performance sports cars including the Evora, the Elise and the Exige.

Lotus Engineering provides consultancy services to many of the world’s OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers and is an internationally recognised automotive engineering consultancy.

Lotus Motorsport builds and develops vehicles for GT racing with the Evora GX, GTC, GT4, and GTS, in addition to racing vehicles such as the Exige V6 Cup and Elise Cup cars.

The Lotus F1 Team competes in Formula 1, racing in the iconic Black and Gold Livery.

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