Since joining Jaguar in 1999, Ian has built a world-class creative design team, established a new design philosophy and revived the range with award-winning designs. These include F-TYPE – Jaguar’s first two-seater sports car since the iconic E-type – the XE, XF and XJ saloons, and the marque’s first SUVs – F-PACE, E-PACE and most recently the all-electric I-PACE, which in April was crowned 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car.
"I have had an incredible career at Jaguar. One of my biggest highlights was creating XF because it represented the beginning of a new era moving Jaguar from tradition to contemporary design – it was a significant turning point in our story, said Callum, adding: "Designing the F-TYPE was a dream come true for me, and I-PACE was an opportunity to create something hugely innovative that would really challenge the perception of Jaguar – and its success is testament to just how far the brand has come.
"I came into this role with a mission to take Jaguar design back to where it deserved to be. It has taken 20 years, but I believe I have achieved what I set out to do. Given the strength of both our products and the design team, I feel that now is the right time to move on, both personally and professionally and explore other design projects.
"Designing Jaguar cars was a lifelong dream for me and I’m delighted to remain involved as a consultant for the brand. I have worked closely with Julian Thomson for 18 years – he is a hugely talented designer and absolutely the right person to lead Jaguar design into its next chapter."
Ian spent the first 12 years of his career at Ford Design Studios, moving on to become Chief Designer of TWR Design, where he was responsible for the Aston Martin DB7, Vanquish and DB9. Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost automotive design talents, in 2005 Ian was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the RSA. In 2014 he received the Minerva Medal – the highest accolade bestowed by the Chartered Society of Designers, awarded for a lifetime’s achievement in design.
As Creative Design Director, Julian Thomson has been responsible for establishing the future strategic design direction for the brand. Since joining Jaguar in 2000, he has overseen the development of the design concepts for the entire current product range. Julian began his career at Ford in Dunton, England, before moving to Lotus, where he became Head of Design, then Chief of Exteriors at Volkswagen Group's Concept Design Centre.
Thompson said: "I'm honoured to take up the position of Director of Design, Jaguar. It will be a great privilege to lead such a talented team and continue to build on our success. Automotive design has always been fast moving, but today it is changing at a rate faster than ever before. I'm passionate about ensuring Jaguar Design leads that change, and the cars that will drive our future."
Jörg Burzer (pictured at left above) has officially replaced Markus Schäfer as member of the divisional board of management of Mercedes-Benz cars, production and supply chain. Schäfer, who has been with the company since 1994, is now board member for group research and Mercedes-Benz Cars development.
Burzer moves over from his position as head of quality management, Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain. That role, in turn, has been filled by Jason Hoff, as from July 1.
Heiko Gaiser has been replaced by Ewa Combach as head of worldwide transport logistics passenger cars, trucks, vans and buses, at Daimler. Combach will be responsible for the vehicle maker’s transport networks, including planning and procurement. Combach was formerly head of transport planning and network management.
Gaiser, who held his previous role for five years, has moved to become centre manager for production components, casting/forging and chassis.
“The board would like to extend their appreciation to Åke for the work he has done, in particular with the tough task of steering the company through the turbulent bidding process of 2017”, says chairman of the board Jörgen Durban. “However, as the company is now accelerating, both in regards to new technology and the current core business, there is a need for a new kind of leadership.”
The commercial vehicle industry is going through an extensive technology shift, where focus on self-driving vehicles and electrification puts new requirements on the suppliers within the industry. The board of Haldex therefore decided already in 2018 on a partially new strategic direction, which aims to, among other things, increase the innovation pace and investments made on digital solutions and new technology. In addition, Haldex needs to become more efficient in order to reach the previously set revenue goals.
“When it comes to technical solutions we are well positioned and especially within electromechanical brakes. However, we need to make our core business more efficient, in order for us to gain further credibility when it comes to our innovations. We are set on becoming a top-of-mind partner for industry leaders and therefore it is necessary that we increase our focus on new technology while also increasing the margins of our pre-existing business”, said Jörgen Durban.
The board has therefore recruited Helene Svahn as new CEO. She will commence immediately, but enter the position fully on the 12th of August. In the interim period, Deputy CEO, Staffan Olsson, will run the daily operations.
Helene Svahn is an experienced scholar and entrepreneur. She has been a board member of Haldex and chairman of the technical committee since 2018. At the age of 34 she became a professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, within the field of nanobiotechnology. During the past couple of years, she has divided her time between KTH and the position as Head of Research and Innovation at Permobil, being a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences as well as board appointments in, among others, the Nobel Center Foundation.
“Haldex was founded in 1887 and has a successful history. I am convinced that there is more to give and therefore look forward to adding to the existing business. With that said, we have a previously set revenue goal at a 10 % margin and in order for it to be achieved, the company needs to become more efficient”, said Helene Svahn.
“I see the shift that the industry is facing, leaving a client-supplier relationship for one that relies on collaboration, in a positive light. Haldex has an opportunity to take a larger share of the market through initiating and launching new collaborations. I have started working towards this already as a member of the board and I am looking forward to accelerating the pace going forward as CEO”, Svahn said.
He will be based at the new CEVA Logistics operations centre in Marseilles, France and will report directly to Brett Bissell, CEVA’s Chief Operating Officer Contract Logistics.
Bringing more than 27 years of experience from the logistics industry to his new role, Criss Edwards will be responsible for driving operational excellence, process improvements and management of all Automotive and Industrial Inbound Logistics sector operations.
Criss Edwards joins CEVA from XPO Logistics where he was most recently Senior Vice President of Operations with responsibility for Consumer Package Goods, Asia Pacific, and Latin American operations, growth, and customer satisfaction.
He has an extensive background in inbound logistics and has held several global senior leadership roles in the Third-Party Logistics (3PL) industry and the manufacturing sector where he has developed deep expertise in supply chain operations, international business, manufacturing operations, quality, and business development & strategy.
“We are delighted to welcome someone of Criss’ calibre to our contract logistics global leadership team at the start of this exciting new journey for CEVA and CMA CGM,” said Brett Bissell, CEVA’s Chief Operating Officer Contract Logistics.
In this new role, Rich will be responsible for leading the development and execution of Ryder’s new products, electric and autonomous vehicle initiatives, connected fleet strategy, predictive data & analytics for maintenance, as well as COOP By Ryder.
COOP, a first-of-its-kind asset-sharing platform for commercial vehicles aims to revolutionise the optimisation of all commercial trucks, not just those owned by Ryder, by offering businesses the opportunity to lend and borrow underutilised vehicles within a network of trusted peers.
Rich will also be responsible for the Ryder Mobile Maintenance fleet of fully-equipped vehicles, where Ryder delivers preventative maintenance and warranty work whenever and wherever customer trucks are idle, increasing vehicle uptime and customer satisfaction while decreasing predictable maintenance costs.
Rich began working for Ryder in 1997 and has since held positions of increasing responsibility.
Reporting to Chief Executive Officer Hakan Bicil, Pluess will be responsible for all aspects of IT throughout Imperial Logistics International’s operations, which employs 9000 staff at 170 locations in 20 countries. One of his major tasks will be leading the continuing IT integration of the Imperial Logistics International business.
Pluess is a senior IT executive with over 30 years of extensive international experience in the delivery of cost-effective, high-performance IT services and organisations - starting as a degree-qualified electronics engineer, and progressing through systems integration, programming, and IT management up to the most senior levels. Past positions held include VP Global Distributed Computing Services at NCR Corporation in the USA; CIO NCR Switzerland; Global Head of Enterprise Computing Services at Roche Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland; and (most recently) EVP Global IT Infrastructure at CEVA Logistics, also in Switzerland.
Imperial Logistics International CEO Hakan Bicil said: “The pace of our expansion to date, our plans for organic growth across new locations, and the likelihood of further strategic growth, make it essential that our IT environment continues to develop in a scalable, adaptable and future-proof manner.
“Hugo is a true IT heavyweight, and just the right man to take charge of this hugely important aspect of Imperial Logistics International operations. His recent involvement in logistics, and his considerable experience and distinguished achievements in designing and implementing major global systems, and supporting large-scale IT user communities, equip him perfectly to provide the solutions we need to grow our business into the future, and to continue adding value for our customers.”