Wolfgang Reitzle, Chairman of Jaguar and Group Vice President of Ford's Premier Automotive
Group, today named Jonathan Browning as Managing Director of Jaguar. Currently Executive
Director of Marketing for Ford of Europe, Mr. Browning will take up his new appointment on
1 July. He will report to Dr. Reitzie.
At the same time Dr. Reitzle confirmed the appointment of Mike
Beasley as Executive Director responsible for Manufacturing and Engineering.
Dr. Reitzie said:
"These new appointments further strengthen the Jaguar management team and ensure
that we have an organisation which can successfully launch our next new car - the X400
saloon - and meet the company's ambitious longer term growth plans for the next
"Jonathan Browning is joining Jaguar at the start of a new and exciting era for
the company. His general management experience and his extensive background in brand
development make him the ideal executive to lead the company and to deliver the growth
strategy which has already been clearly defined by Jaguar's management team.
"Jaguar has today reported the highest monthly sales in the history of the
company. We must continue to build on this success and deliver new products which will
meet the aspirations of an increasing number of premium car customers around the
Dr. Reitzle said:
"Mike Beasley has done an outstanding job in launching the new S-Type saloon to
world-wide acclaim. In his capacity as Executive Director he will focus on sustaining this
progress and ensuring that the company's engineering and manufacturing functions deliver
similar success with the X400 saloon due to be launched in less than two years'
Jonathan Browning said:
"I feel privileged to be joining Jaguar at this time. The company has a strong
management team which has already delivered a remarkable transformation in the last ten
years. There is no question in my mind that this is one of the best jobs in the automotive
industry and I look forward to helping Jaguar achieve the substantial growth opportunities
which clearly exist for the marque."
Jonathan Browning was born in Taunton, in the United Kingdom and gained a degree in
Industrial Economics from Nottingham University and subsequently an MBA from Duke
University in the United States. He joined General Motors in 1981 where he held
successively senior appointments in sales, marketing, general management and brand
management in the United Kingdom and overseas.
He joined Ford in July 1997 as Executive Director, Marketing in Ford's European
Marketing, Sales and Service organisation.
Jonathan Browning is married, with two children. He lists skiing, tennis and cycling as
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