Veteran industry executive Wolfgang Ziebart has joined Jaguar Land Rover's management board as head of product development.
Ziebart was BMW's fast-rising product development boss in the late 1990s and was considered a possible CEO candidate. He had a major part in attempts to revive the UK volume automaker Rover, which was owned by BMW at the time.
When BMW sold Rover in March 2000 it created a ruckus on BMW's management board. Ziebart and two other board members either resigned or were fired -- it was never clear which.
Now Ziebart, 63, is headed back to the UK after stints with the German suppliers Continental and Infineon.
"It is a unique opportunity to obtain an expert of his caliber for our company," said former BMW executive Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by India's Tata Motors.
Ziebart brings expertise in the electric and electronics area. He ran the automotive electronics units at Continental after leaving BMW and later became CEO of chip maker Infineon, turning the company into an important supplier for Apple's iPhone.
After his departure from Infineon in 2009, he led Artega, a German sports car manufacturer, and developed an electric sports car there.