JAGUAR’S MD has announced his retirement from day-to-day working operations at Jaguar Land Rover.
Mike O’Driscoll is widely credited for leading Jaguar through its sale to its Indian owners, Tata.
He moved from America at the news of Ford selling the British brands and oversaw the introduction of Jaguar’s new model line-up of the XF, XK and the new XJ.
O’Driscoll said: ‘Being part of the team that rebuilt this great brand has been a huge privilege and a gratifying way to sign off my long career with Jaguar.
‘The resurgence is symbolised by the wonderful reaction to our new products and to the stunning C-X75 supercar concept we showed at the recent Paris auto show.’
Chief executive officer of Jaguar Land Rover Dr Ralf Speth added: ‘I would like to express my gratitude to Mike for his commitment and dedication to Jaguar Cars. His passionate leadership has been vital to Jaguar during this time in its history. He will return to his home in the US, and we wish him all the very best for the future.’
O’Driscoll will retire in March next year, but will continue as chairman of Jaguar Heritage – the independent trust that manages Jaguar’s museum, archives and extensive car collection globally.
by JAMES BATCHELOR