Andy Goss has been named as the successor to Jaguar Land Rover North America President Gary Temple who is set to retire later this year. Goss will officially assume duties on May 1. Goss will manage the Jaguar and Land Rover business in the U.S. and Canada. Goss had previously served as CEO of Porsche Cars Great Britain, a position he kept for 12 years. His career in the car industry began in the UK in 1979 at Austin Rover.
He has also experienced working at Citroen, Nissan and Lexus. From 1992-99, Goss was the UK sales director of Toyota. Temple had led Jaguar and Land Rover in North America since 2007.
It was in 1983 that he entered Jaguar where he held numerous management positions at the product, service and customer service departments of Jaguar and Land Rover. Before becoming president, Temple had served as the senior executive vice president of operations.
Jaguar Land Rover, which Tata Motors Ltd. bought from Ford Motor Co. in 2008 for $2.3 billion, reported an 18% sales increase in the first three months of 2011 when compared to the first quarter of 2010. On the other hand, the overall U.S. market increased by 20% in the first quarter.