Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief technical officer.
Szwaj joins Aston Martin as the UK sports-car maker freshens and expands its aging lineup, including adding its first SUV.
Szwaj will take responsibility for Aston's global engineering operations and will be based at the automaker's headquarters in Gaydon, England, where he will report directly to CEO Andy Palmer.
"Max has a wealth of experience across engineering and product delivery, his experience, skills and passion will make him a great leader for the engineering team as we prepare the business for the next generation of Aston Martin products," Palmer said in a statement.
Aston Martin has been investing heavily to refresh its aging lineup. The portfolio update started with the new DB11, which replaced the DB9 coupe this year. The automaker also plans an electric RapideE model and a Lagonda sedan as well as its first SUV, based on the DBX concept unveiled at the Geneva auto show in 2015 and due to go on sale in 2020. The production version of the crossover will be built at a new plant in South Wales, which will begin construction next year.
Szwaj replaces Ian Minards, who moved to the UK consumer electronics maker Dyson as global product development director in September. The move added weight to reports that Dyson is planning to develop an electric car. Dyson has declined to comment.
Szwaj, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, spent five years as head of innovation and body engineering at Ferrari and Maserati. During a 25-year career in the automotive industry, he also held management positions at BMW Group and Porsche.