Peter Mertens has been appointed as the director of quality and automotive safety of Jaguar Land Rover. Formerly a global vehicle line executive of General Motors Co., Mertens now has global responsibility for Jaguar Land Rover's quality and safety performance. Mertens, who is 48 years old, reports directly to CEO Ralf Speth. Mertens has over 20 years experience in the auto industry and at Mercedes Benz, he held various roles including product development and aftersales engineering.
When he worked at GM, he was given responsibility for its global front-drive compact architecture. In the industry, he began as an apprentice toolmaker.
He later completed a Masters degree in industrial engineering and operations research at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the US, and he then proceeded to get a doctorate in production engineering and industrial engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany.
Mertens describes his new task at Jaguar and Land Rover to be that of enhancing its already high quality and safety. [via autonews - sub. required]