Mumbai: Auto maker Tata Motors Ltd has appointed Timothy Leverton as head of its engineering, research and development (R&D) division to oversee these functions for passenger cars, trucks and buses at the firm as well as its subsidiaries Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicles Ltd and Hispano Carrocerra.
Leverton, who was group engineering director at the UK-based JCB Group, joined the company on 5 April, said Debasis Ray, spokesman for Tata Motors. He will be based in Pune and report to Prakash M. Telang, managing director, India operations.
The appointment makes Leverton the second expatriate to join the firm, after Carl-Peter Forster was appointed managing director and group chief executive in March.
New role: Timothy Leverton.
Industry experts said that as Tata Motors acquires global stature through a string of acquisitions and aims to offer vehicles that are at par with global standards, it is imperative to get people who can help with a well-rounded perspective on engineering.
“It makes sense to bring someone from outside as his global experience comes in handy,” said Abdul Majeed, auto analyst at accounting firm Price Waterhouse.
During his 29 years in the industry, Leverton has earlier headed R&D at BMW AG and the now defunct UK-based MG Rover.