Peter Mertens, a former General Motors Co. global vehicle line executive, has joined Jaguar Land Rover as director of quality and automotive safety.
Mertens has global responsibility for Jaguar Land Rover's quality and safety performance. He reports directly to CEO Ralf Speth.
With more than 20 years of experience in the auto industry, Mertens has worked in a wide variety of roles including product development and aftersales engineering at Mercedes-Benz.
At GM, Mertens was responsible for the automaker's global front-wheel-drive compact architecture. He started out as an apprentice toolmaker, then completed a master's degree in industrial engineering and operations research at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the United States, followed by a doctorate in production engineering and industrial engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany.
Mertens, 48, said his task will be to boost the already high quality and safety at Jaguar and Land Rover.