China's Chery Automobile has started recruiting executives for its planned joint venture with Jaguar Land Rover, according to the 21st Century Business Herald newspaper.
While the joint venture has yet to be approved by the Chinese government, two veteran auto company managers joined it last week, the Chinese newspaper reported.
One of them is Hu Jun, former sales chief of SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co. That company, which mainly makes microvans, is a joint venture between SAIC Motor Corp., General Motors and the government of Liuzhou.
The other executive is Huang Huaqiong, a former vice president of Beiqi Foton Motor Co., China's largest light truck maker. Huang, a veteran marketing manager, also worked at Shanghai General Motors, Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Co. and SAIC Motor Corp.
JLR, which is owned by India's Tata, and Chery, hope to form a 17.5 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) joint venture in Changshu in eastern China's Jiangsu province, Reuters reported on Monday.
The new venture initially will build Land Rover SUVs, followed by Jaguars in the venture's second phase.