Andy Palmer welcomed to Aston Martin

Time 11:41 am, October 1, 2014

AndyPalmer_01ASTON Martin’s workforce paused production today to welcome new CEO Andy Palmer on his first day on the job.

As the new Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd, Palmer, 51, assumes operational responsibility for all aspects of the Aston Martin business. He will lead the company in its next phase of technology and product creation, succeeding Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s CEO for the past 14 years.

He described joining Aston Martin from Nissan as a decision of the head and the heart, promising to lead the brand forward into a new era of growth.

Palmer said: “Being asked to lead Aston Martin, an iconic brand with tremendous global recognition and potential, was an opportunity impossible to refuse. Together we will create the next generation of Aston Martin products for the future.”

Palmer started his professional career in 1979 aged 16, as an apprentice at Automotive Products Limited. After six years with Austin Rover, he joined Nissan in 1991 and went on to a 24-year career culminating as Chief Planning Officer.

In 2012, Palmer was named the automotive industry’s most influential British executive by Auto Express, and in 2013, the world’s third most influential Chief Marketing Officer by the CMO Influence Study, conducted by marketing firm Appinions for Forbes magazine.

Palmer was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to the British automotive industry.



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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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