Innovation is second nature to Dr Ralf Speth. Appointed CEO of Jaguar Land Rover in 2010, he has overseen a remarkable turnaround of the business, with increased sales, over 8,000 jobs created and high-profile launches, including the new XJ and marque-defining F-TYPE.
A self-confessed car lover, he drives a Jaguar XFR and owns a classic E-Type. Following a degree in Economics Engineering from Rosenheim University, Germany, Dr Speth worked as a business consultant for a number of years before joining BMW in 1980. After 20 years, he moved to Ford Motor Company. His last job at BMW was vice president of Land Rover when BMW owned the brand.
He then became director of production, quality and planning for Ford's Premier Automotive Group when BMW sold Land Rover to Ford in 2000. Most recently, he headed global operations at German industrial gases and engineering company Linde Group, before moving to Jaguar Land Rover.