MUNICH – Tata Motors wants Carl-Peter Forster, who quit as head of General Motors Europe, to take over a senior position at the Indian carmaker's Jaguar Land Rover division, the Financial Times reported.
The newspaper said Tata wants Forster to help Jaguar Land Rover's plans to switch its product portfolio to low-emission vehicles. During his time with GM Europe Forster led a quality offensive at Opel and a move into low-emission and electric cars.
Forster gained experience with Land Rover during his time as head of production at BMW in the 1990s when BMW owned the British SUV brand, the Financial Times said on Monday.
Earlier, the Sunday Times newspaper reported that Forster was likely to run Jaguar and Land Rover, which Tata bought from Ford Motor Co. last year.
The Sunday Times said Forster was sounded out about the job earlier in the year and is expected to join Tata within a few months.
The German weekly Focus also said Forster will join Tata but the magazine said he would lead the introduction of the Nano minicar in Europe in 2011.
Forster quit GM on Friday after criticizing the U.S. carmaker for reversing a decision to sell its European Opel/Vauxhall unit to Canadian supplier Magna International Inc. and its Russian partner Sberbank.
No one at Jaguar Land Rover was available to comment.
Reilly, Lutz to head Opel
GM plans to replace Forster, who was GM Europe president and Opel's chairman, temporarily with Nick Reilly, former managing director of Opel sister brand Vauxhall in the UK and current head of GM's international operations, a GM source said.
Reilly will remain president of GM International, the source told Automotive News.
Bob Lutz, GM's top marketing boss, will chair Opel's supervisory board and help steer a restructuring plan at the carmaker.
Reuters contributed to this report