Ian Harnett retires, JLR appoints new board members

Jun 19, 2020   People

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that Ian Harnett, Executive Director Human Resources and Global Purchasing, has announced his intention to retire at the end of July following almost 38 years with the business.

Ian joined British Leyland in 1982 starting in the Purchasing Department at Longbridge and subsequently he led the purchasing team following Ford’s acquisition of Land Rover in 2000. In 2009, Ian was appointed Director of Purchasing, Jaguar Land Rover and assumed the role of Executive Director of Human Resources and Global Purchasing in 2015. 


Over the last decade, Ian has delivered a crucial role in the long-term sustainable growth of the business overseeing Jaguar Land Rover more than double its workforce from 17,000 to around 38,000 people and sales almost triple in the same period. 


"Ian has played a pivotal role in Jaguar Land Rover’s growth over the last decade. On behalf of the Board of Management, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Ian for his dedication to and passion for our business. I wish him a long and happy retirement," said Prof Sir Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer.


Following Ian’s decision to retire, Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed two new appointments to the company’s Board of Management. Dave Owen will become Executive Director, Global Purchasing and Dave Williams will be appointed to the position of Executive Director, Human Resources.


Prior to this, Dave Owen was Operations Director at the Solihull plant and has held several senior management positions at Jaguar Land Rover. Dave Williams was HR Director, Operations and has had senior HR roles at both Jaguar Land Rover and Ford.


"I am delighted to welcome them both to the Board of Management. They bring the knowledge, experience, relationships and, most importantly, passion for our business that I know will help guide us through these challenging times and back to sustainable, profitable growth," said Prof Sir Ralf Speth.

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