Jaguar Land Rover’s China joint venture named manufacturing expert Murray Dietsch as president and Chen Xuefeng as deputy president in a management shuffle that takes place amid a sharp decline in the joint venture's China sales.
Dietsch is vehicle line director at Jaguar Land Rover and he led the launches of the Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Chen is Chery Automobile's executive vice president for manufacturing.
The executives will replace the current president, Chris Bryant, and Deputy President Zhu Guohua.
Bryant will return to the UK after completing his three-year term to take a senior position at Jaguar Land Rover's headquarters, the company said in a statement. Zhu will become vice president for business alliance at Chery.
The appointments take effect later this year.
Jaguar Land Rover and Chery opened a factory in October in the east China city of Changshu. Its first product, the Range Rover Evoque, went on sale earlier this year in China. Later this year, the partnership will launch sales of its second locally built product, the Discovery Sport.
Jaguar Land Rover's China sales have declined sharply this year as the country's luxury market softened.
In the second quarter, its vehicle deliveries in China slumped by a third to 21,920 vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover said its China deliveries in July dropped 28 percent from a year earlier, but did not disclose further details.