Automotive Purchasing News Review 21 July 2014 - page 3

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21 July 2014
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Newregionaldirector forRolls-RoycemainlandChinaoperations
Jul 18, 2014
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced the
appointment of Leon Li as Regional Director
for Mainland China.
37-year-old Beijing-born Li (pictured)
replaces Henrik Wilhelmsmeyer, who will
move to a new role within the MINI brand at
the BMW Group, Munich.
Li joined the BMW Group China in 2007
and has led a number of sales
regions in China since
then. He also
headed the Import Office for Taiwan. Li is
currently Head of North Region.
Considerable experience
Previously, Li worked for Lexus China and
two market research companies. Speaking
from the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood
in West Sussex, Sales and Marketing
Director, Fintan Knight said, “We warmly
welcome Leon Li to Rolls-Royce Motor
Cars. His considerable
experience and
understanding of the Chinese market will
be essential as we continue to develop our
business in this important region for Rolls-
Royce.”
Valuable contribution
Rolls-RoyceMotor Cars CEO, TorstenMüller-
Ötvös said, “We are most grateful to Henrik
Wilhelmsmeyer for the valuable contribution
he has made to our business in China over the
past two years. We wish him the very best in
his next role.”
Li will assume his new role on 1 September
2014, based at the Rolls-Royce
Motor Cars regional
office
in
Beijing.
Wilhelmsmeyer
will
remain in the position
of Regional Director
for Mainland China
until 31 August 2014.
Obituary–SirNicholasScheele
Jul 21, 2014
It was with deep regret that
Automotive Purchasing learnt
of the death of Sir Nick Scheele
who passed away on July 18th
at the age of 70.
Sir Nick Scheele can truly
be described as a legend
in automotive management.
Educated at Brentwood School
in Essex and St. Cuthbert’s
Society at the University of
Durham, he joined Ford Motor
Company upon graduating in
1966, an association which was
to last almost 40 years.
Scheele
held
several
increasingly-senior purchasing
posts in Ford’s British and
European operations before
moving to the United States in 1978. In
1988, he was appointed President of Ford
of Mexico where he directed manufacturing
and marketing operations.
His next role in the company was as
Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Cars Ltd.,
a post he held from 1992 until 1999. He is
sometimes credited as the man who saved
Jaguar; making the car maker profitable
when no-one thought it possible.
In January 2000, Scheele was
appointed Chairman of Ford of Europe and
in August 2001 Group Vice President Ford
North America. From October 2001 until
November 2004, he served as President,
COO and Director of Ford Motor Company
and was a Member of the Office of the
Chairman and Chief Executive Committee
of the Board of Directors. He retired from
Ford in February 2005.
In June 2001, Scheele was knighted
for services to British exports, an
acknowledgement of his sterling work in
turning around Jaguar’s fortunes.
Following his retirement from Ford, Sir
Nick served as Chancellor of the University
of Warwick and raised thousands of pounds
to help children’s charities in Coventry and
Warwickshire. He became a non-executive
director of British American Tobacco
and the engineering group Caparo, and
maintained other business interests in
America and Mexico.
Automotive Supply Chain was honoured
by his attendance at our annual Congress
in Liverpool in June, little knowing that it
would be our final acquaintance.
Sir Nick Scheele leaves a wife, three
children and five grandchildren. Our
condolences go to them and all the family
circle.
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