ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Cars have announced that Tom Purves will join the company as its chief executive officer.
He will take up his new position in July, following the recent appointment of Ian Robertson to the BMW AG Board of Management. Robertson will remain chairman of Rolls-Royce.
Purves is currently chairman and CEO of BMW (US) Holding Corp, a position he has held since May 1999.
He has led the company to achieve groundbreaking success, with market share and sales of BMW Group vehicles more than doubling during his tenure. In addition, Purves was responsible for the successful launch of MINI in North America.
He has spent his whole working life in the automotive industry, beginning with Rolls-Royce as an apprentice engineer at Crewe in 1967.
‘It has been a pleasure to see Rolls-Royce flourish under the ownership of BMW Group,’ Purves said. ‘I am delighted to be taking the helm at Goodwood as the company continues to develop with the upcoming launch of the Phantom Coupé and, most significantly, the introduction of RR4 in 2010.
‘I have always felt a special connection with Rolls-Royce, having started my career in the car division.’