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David Smith

David Smith
David Smith is former Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, a position he was appointed to on 2 June 2008 following purchase of the Company by Tata Motors from Ford Motor Company.

Prior to this he was Chief Financial Officer of Jaguar Land Rover and also Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, a role he took on in April 2008 following the death of Jaguar Land Rover CEO Geoff Polites.

David was formerly Director of Finance and Strategy for Ford of Europe and PAG. He has been a Director of Jaguar and Land Rover since 2000, including as a prior Finance Director of both companies and a Director of Volvo and Aston Martin. He is also a Board Member and Chair of the Audit Committee at Advantage West Midlands, a Trustee of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, a regional CBI Councillor, Honorary Professor of Warwick Manufacturing Group and previous Governor of Coventry University.

David has held numerous Finance and Strategy positions since joining Ford in 1983, including assignments in Switzerland, the US, Asia and Turkey, where he played a key role in developing Turkey's largest automotive inward investment project. In his roles at Jaguar Land Rover since 2000, David has been at the centre of developing the successful transformation of both the Land Rover and Jaguar businesses. He played a key role in the sale of Aston Martin in 2007.

Born in Solihull, West Midlands in 1961, David holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Warwick University. He lives in Leamington with his wife and three children.


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