Lotus have been without a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for nearly 2 years, but now with the appointment of Jean-Marc Gales, they have one….
It’s new. It’s British. It’s powered by a 6.6-litre turbo-diesel engine good for 68.9mpg and 2000 miles on a single tank of diesel.
Caterham Group, the parent company of Caterham Cars, Caterham F1 Team, Caterham Composites and CTI (Caterham Technology & Innovation) has today confirmed that Graham Macdonald, previously CFO of Caterham Cars will step up to the role of CEO after current Chief Executive Officer Ansar Ali leaves the business by mutual consent.
Do you care about the truth? Do you care about the survival of a company whose engineering innovation has fundamentally influenced the cars we drive today? Do you really care? Or is Lotus just another target to parody and poke fun at for our own amusement?
This is a story that resonates strongly with me. As an advisor to many people over the years, one of the most valued qualities I hear from CEO’s and business leaders is their need to find someone who will tell them how things ‘really’ are. ‘Yes Men’ are all too easy to acquire, and the higher you climb, the less likely anyone will actually tell you the whole truth.
I heard on the grapevine this morning that motorsport writers, David Tremayne and Joe Saward have joined Ansar Ali and Tony Fernandes on the board of Caterham Group.
Complete with a newly refurbished Lotus Test track at Hethel and new Chief Instructor in the form of former Lotus F1 driver, Martin Donnelly, the Lotus Driving Academy (LDA) opens its doors for the autumn term with a brand new syllabus and the new ‘Lotus Licence’.
Group Lotus has announced this morning the appointment of Gordon Murray to the Lotus Advisory Council. Murray will work alongside other automotive industry luminaries including Bob Lutz, Tom Purves, Prof. Dr. Burkhard Göschel and Frank Tuch to advise Group Lotus on current and future development activities.
Lotus are pulling out all the stops and launching two hardcore versions of the Exige and Evora, for the Pebble Beach automotive events this week at Monterey and Long Beach.
It’s getting way too easy being cynical these days whenever Lotus makes an announcement about a new car – but this time it’s not some botox-infused New Era model, instead it’s that old favourite – the Elise – which some critics had begun to think the company had forgotten.
We couldn’t help smiling at the by-now obligatory picture of the current/past F1 star next to a Lotus Evora – it has become a rite of passage for famous motor racing visitors to Lotus’ Hethel headquarters, although we can’t help wondering why one of the New Era models wasn’t used instead (at least for the photo call).
Brundle pops in for a chat with Lotus, with perhaps an eye on his son’s F1 future.