Dearborn, MI. – Geoff Polites, CEO of Jaguar and Land Rover, has died peacefully in his home country of Australia. He was 60. Polites, who is credited with leading the team that returned the Jaguar Land Rover business back to profitability and successfully steering it through its ongoing sale process to Tata Motors, had been battling serious illness for the past two years.

“Geoff’s untimely passing robs his family and friends of a man who was a real inspiration to us all,” said Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally.