JEFFREY SCOTT, who succeeded Hartmut Kieven in January as managing director of Jaguar Germany, is working in Europe thanks to love. He was serving in the US Army in Germany when he met a German woman. They married in 1979.
Although he has worked for years in Germany, Scott still thinks of southern California as 'home, and my favorite travel destination.'
After his military service, Scott returned to the USA to study economics at the University of Maryland.
During college he worked in car repair shops. But he was keen to return to Germany.
'After all, home is where the family is,' he says.
In 1983, he and his wife returned to Germany where he found a job with Saab.
For the past eight years the family has included a son, whom Scott describes as the greatest gift in his life. He zealously protects the privacy of his family, and prefers not to name son or wife.
Father and son love to go hiking through the forests, climb rocks, seek adventure and 'discover things,' says Scott. 'My son usually discovers more than I do.'
When not in the office, Scott spends most of his time with his family, but cars continue to get some of his attention.
'It is a bit of a gray area,' he says. 'I work with cars, but they are also a hobby of mine.'
He loves cars. His first was a 1964 Chevrolet Impala, but he says it is not easy to decide on the car of his dreams. 'There are just too many,' he says, but one favorite is the 1960 Corvette.
Besides walking and enjoying nature he likes to read, especially 'surrealistic novels' and the books of Louis L'Amour, who wrote dozens of classic novels about the American Wild West.
'Our daily life is sometimes tougher than what we can read about in books,' says Scott. He finds it 'romantic to read about and to imagine things that do not really exist.'
He is currently reading Jurassic Park: The Lost World by Michael Crichton.
His new position as managing director follows an automotive career that has seen him do almost every kind of sales and service job.
Scott believes success in sales and marketing depends on understanding emotions.
'I believe emotions evoke power without being noticeable as emotions in the first place,' he says. 'They create interest, and interest leads to recognition and awareness. Many people follow their emotions. Emotions are very important in the automotive business.'
Just as important, he says, is the art of listening to the customer. Scott learned to speak fluent German 'by listening, and then repeating like a parrot.'
He also believes in destiny. 'Some things are meant to happen,' he says, 'You can't stop them even if you want to.'