Wind of change as Gales blows into Group Lotus
Automotive industry ‘veteran’ – Jean-Marc Gales – has been unveiled by parent company Proton as the new chief executive officer of Group Lotus plc – the iconic sports car manufacturer based in Norfolk.
Gales, from Luxembourg, holds an MSc in management from Imperial College, London and an MSc in mechanical engineering from the German University of Karlsruhe.
Gales has held several significant positions with a number of global automotive manufacturers. Prior to his appointment at Lotus, Gales was CEO of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) since 2012, where 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. He also established a lobbying strategy with the European Parliament and European Commission and helped define the Industry Research & Innovation Strategy and Roadmap for 2025.
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 and implemented a new brand strategy for the DS Line and introduced the Citroen DS in major markets around the world. During his tenure there, the company delivered record retail sales in 2009 and 2010.
Gales' other previous appointments include several senior positions in Daimler AG, General Motors and Volkswagen AG.
Aslam Farikullah, chief operating officer of Group Lotus, stays on the board of Lotus Cars Ltd and will continue to contribute to the growth of the business in the future.