Proton and DRB-HICOM have announced Jean-Marc Gales will become the new CEO of Lotus.

Proton and DRB-HICOM have announced Jean-Marc Gales will become the new CEO of Lotus.

Set to replace Aslam Farikullah, who will remain a Member of the Board of Lotus Cars Limited and will "continue to contribute to the growth of the business in the future," Gales is an industry veteran who has previously been President of Citroen and Peugeot.  During his tenure at PSA Peugeot Citroen, he was credited with launching the Citroen DS sub-brand and restructuring the "entire sales value chain."  Before that, Gales held senior positions at Daimler, General Motors and Volkswagen.

In a statement Proton CEO Dato’ Abdul Harith Abdullah said "This is an exciting time for Lotus and Jean-Marc's appointment could not have come at a more appropriate time, especially taking into account our plans for Lotus. We believe that with his strong technical and managerial expertise and leadership, Jean-Marc will be able to drive the Lotus transformation plan and further enhance Lotus' business and capabilities."

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