Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that Rajan Amba will be the managing director of Jaguar Land Rover India, which will be effective from March 1. He will join Jaguar Land Rover from Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles, where he is the vice president of sales, marketing and customer care, the media has reported.
The luxury carmaker is also opening three new engineering hubs in Europe to develop autonomous vehicle technologies as part of its partnership with Silicon Valley artificial intelligence company Nvidia, says a report by news agency Reuters.
Amba will succeed Rohit Suri, who is slated to retire on March 31.
“Rajan’s customer-centric mindset, broad experiences from different industries, and his passionate and authentic leadership approach bring the right set of qualities to further grow our operations into the promising future of India, aligned with our overall Reimagine strategy to become the creator of the world’s most desirable luxury vehicles and services for the most discerning of customers,” Martin Limpert, Regional Director, Overseas, Jaguar Land Rover, said in a statement.
“I have immensely enjoyed my stint at Tata Motors and look forward to the next one at Jaguar Land Rover – iconic automotive brands, which I hugely admire. I keenly look forward to working with my new team at Jaguar Land Rover India and steering forward our future growth strategy,” said Amba.
Meanwhile, the luxury carmaker already has six global tech hubs in the US, China and Europe. The hubs in Munich, Bologna and Madrid will develop self-driving systems for JLR’s next generation of luxury vehicles, the Reuters report added.
JLR, unit of India’s Tata Motors was quoted as saying that the locations were chosen because of the local availability of digital engineering specialists and will create almost 100 engineering jobs focused “on developing driver assistance systems and artificial intelligence for self-driving cars of the future.”