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News of  May 30, 2000


Ford Motor Company Names Land Rover Top Leadership Team

LONDON, England - Ford Motor Company today announced the senior leadership team for its new luxury 4x4 off-road manufacturer Land Rover.

Reporting directly to Dr Wolfgang Reitzle, President, Premier Automotive Group, the London-based luxury division of Ford Motor Company, will be Robert A Dover, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr Dover is currently Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda.

Wolfgang Reitzle said: "Bob brings a wealth of product and business experience in the premium automotive business with him. He has held many positions within the family of Ford, including at Aston Martin and at Jaguar. I am delighted to have such a strong product person leading the new team."

Reporting to Bob Dover will be the following:

o       Matthew Taylor, Director, Marketing & Sales

o       Steve Ross, Director, Product Development

o       Marin Burela, Director, Manufacturing

o       Steve Jones, Director, Purchasing

o       David Smith, Director, Finance

"I am very pleased that we can announce our new Land Rover senior management so shortly after the acquisition. This will ensure a successful transition and will enhance our commitment to Land Rover employees, customers and suppliers," said Dr Reitzle.

The newly formed management group will be concentrating on transition issues ahead of Ford formally taking control of Land Rover (subject to regulatory approval) expected to be July 1st.

Bob Dover: " Having worked at Land Rover as the Director of Manufacturing some years ago, I am both proud and delighted to be invited to return. I am looking forward to the challenges which the future will undoubtedly bring."

Ford Motor Company and BMW signed a definitive agreement for Ford to buy the Land Rover business from BMW on May 24 for 3 billion euros.

(May 26, 2000)


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