Jaguar MD to retire in 2011

Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director of Jaguar Cars, was appointed in 2007 after the brand was sold by Ford to Indian-based Tata Motors along with Land Rover.

O’Driscoll oversaw the introduction of a new product line-up that has revitalised the brand and turned the loss-making manufacturer around.

The Jaguar XK coupe was the first model to be introduced, followed by the XF sports saloon and XJ saloon, all of which have been widely lauded by the motoring media.

He commented: “Being part of the team that rebuilt this great brand has been a huge privilege and a gratifying way to sign off my long career with Jaguar."

One of the final projects overseen by O’Driscoll was the stunning C-X75 concept car unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 2010.

Judged by many to be the star of the show, the C-X75 uses futuristic gas turbine technology to deliver 780bhp and features dramatic styling, including a new front grille.

It will be used to influence future Jaguar models, and there are some rumours Jaguar plans to investigate the possibility of building the C-X75 once the gas-turbine technology is ready.

Speaking about the C-X75, O’Driscoll said: "The resurgence is symbolized by the wonderful reaction to our new products and to the stunning C-X75 supercar concept we showed at the recent Paris auto show.”

Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover said: “I would like to express my gratitude to Mike for his commitment and dedication to Jaguar Cars. His passionate leadership has been vital to Jaguar during this time in its history. He will return to his home in the U.S., and we wish him all the very best for the future.”

O’Driscoll will remain as Chairman of Jaguar Heritage and will advise on matters relating to the independent trust and Jaguar’s global car collection and museum.