Lotus appoints former Jaguar Land Rover boss as new supervisor

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Phil Popham is the brand new CEO of Lotus Sports activities Automobiles Phil Popham has left main yacht agency Sunseeker to spearhead the revival of Lotus Lotus has appointed Phil Popham, a former senior Jaguar Land Rover government, as its new supervisor. Popham will function senior vice-president of economic operations for Group Lotus and CEO of Lotus Sports activities Automobiles. He’ll report back to Group Lotus chief government Feng Qingfeng, a long-time government of Geely, which now owns the Norfolk sports activities automobile maker. Qingfeng changed Jean-Marc Gales, who abruptly left the agency in June, however relies at Geely’s headquarters in China. Popham, who spent 9 years at Jaguar Land Rover in a wide range of roles, might be primarily based on the agency’s Hethel headquarters and might be in control of a lot of its day-to-day working and technique.  “I’ve spent my profession working with, and have a ardour for well-known British luxurious, high-tech and pioneering manufacturers, and Lotus, with its superb historical past, undoubtedly suits into that class,” stated Popham, who has joined Lotus after spending 4 years working yacht agency Sunseeker Worldwide. “I’m trying ahead to being a part of the staff that can drive the substantial future progress of the Lotus enterprise.” As beforehand revealed by Autocar, Lotus has already been growing its first SUV and numerous new fashions as a part of a revival plan underneath Geely possession. That can embody utilizing automobile structure from Geely and Volvo.  Chatting with The Monetary Occasions, Popham stated any future merchandise would “must be according to what the model stands for”. Popham additionally stated a return to motorsport can be thought of to showcase the agency’s “racing pedigree” – and he even hinted that the agency may attempt to lure again James Bond. The fictional spy drove Lotus Esprits in For Your Eyes Solely and The Spy Who Liked Me, however he has not too long ago pushed Aston Martin fashions. Learn extra Geely plans £1.5 billion funding in Lotus Lotus proprietor Geely plans SUV and vehicles to rival Ferrari Lotus manufacturing to proceed in Norfolk, may additionally start in China  
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