The Financial in the UK recently learned that Nissan’s chief of product, Andy Palmer, was just elected into the position of CEO for Aston Martin.
Aston Martin themselves haven’t confirmed the news, though fellow news outlet, Reuters, also reports the same. According to Nissan, Palmer took a position “at another company,” and now we know which one. Andy Palmer is succeeded at Nissan by his opposite from Renault, Philippe Klein.
Palmer is no stranger to the automotive world and has circulated throughout the industry since 1991. Prior, he began his career in the UK at the European Technical Centre, as a general manager for vehicle design. He moved to Japan in 2002 when he took up a position as deputy managing director for Nissan Engineering in Europe.
Aston Martin happens to pick a proper member for its leadership, considering Ulrich Bez recently stepped down in 2013 due to his age of 70. So far, Palmer has many left over projects to deal with: a completely new range, including an all-new DB9, and a Vantage. Aston is also still in the middle of discussions with Daimler AG and an alliance with Mercedes-Benz AMG. The Lagonda sedan is currently in development while the VH architecture requires a redesign for evolutionary purposes.
So Palmer does have his work cut out for him. Will he succeed? Only time will tell.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: CAR Magazine