Gaydon, UK – Tata Motors has named Carl-Peter Forster, former head of GM Europe, as its new CEO. The Indian carmaker said that the job would entail ‘overall responsibility of Tata Motors’ global operations’. Forster resigned from GM Europe after the decision was made not to sell the division to Magna International and Sberbank in 2009.
In other Tata news, Dr. Ralf Speth has been appointed CEO at Jaguar Land Rover. Speth, who will report to Forster, was previously a vice-president at Land Rover.
Speth replaces David Smith, former JLR CEO, who resigned in 2009. At the time, Tata was seeking to renegotiate pay and pensions to reduce costs. Smith also tabled the plan that would see either the JLR plant at Castle Bromwich or Solihull close by 2014; according to JLR, the plan is still in place.