Thierry Bolloré replaces Prof Sir Ralf Speth as JLR CEO

Published: 28 July 2020

► New boss for Jaguar Land Rover
► Bollore was ousted from Renault in 2019
► Transition happens on 10 September

Jaguar Land Rover has a new CEO: Thierry Bolloré. The former Renault boss, who was ousted from the French brand in October 2019, will succeed Prof. Sir Ralf Speth as JLR boss on 10 September 2020.

Bolloré will be tasked with taking the Jaguar and Land Rover brands into the 2020s as the world car industry recovers from the Coronavirus pandemic and is busy tackling increasingly strict emissions regulations. Further electrification of the Jaguar brand, including bringing the e-XJ to market, and ensuring models like the new Defender are a success will be top of his priority list.

‘Jaguar Land Rover is known around the world for its peerless brand heritage, exquisite design and deep engineering integrity,’ said Bolloré at the announcement, ‘it will be my privilege to lead this fantastic company through what continues to be the most testing time of our generation.’

He takes over from Prof. Sir Ralf Speth, who was appointed JLR CEO on 18 February 2010. Speth will remain at JLR as non-executive vice chairman.

Ralf Speth JLR

‘I am delighted to welcome Thierry to Jaguar Land Rover,’ said JLR, Tata Motors and Tata Sons chairman, Natarajan Chandrasekaran. ‘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.

‘I want to thank Ralf for a decade of outstanding vision and leadership for Jaguar Land Rover and welcome him to his new Non-Executive position.’

Check out more CAR industry news here

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches