LONDON -- Aston Martin appointed Maserati's Joerg Ross as its new head of powertrain.
Ross replaces Brian Fitzsimons who was named technical officer at Castrol's Nexcel division in April.
Ross, 55, will be based at Aston Martin's Gaydon headquarters in England and will report to chief technical officer Max Szwaj.
"Ross's considerable experience and knowledge will prove invaluable for the engineering team as we prepare the business for the next generation of products," Szwaj said in a statement.
Aston Martin current builds its own V-12 and V-8 gasoline engines, but is replacing its V-8 for an engine supplied by Daimler's AMG performance division. Aston also is is developing its first electric car based on the Rapide sedan.
"The company is at a significant point in its history, with the recent announcement the RapidE. I'm excited to play a part in developing Aston Martin's future vehicle strategy," Ross said.
German-born Ross headed Maserati's advanced powertrain division from 2014.
Ross joined Ford in 1994 before moving to Ferrari in 2001, where he helped develop Formula 1 engines. He moved to Berlin-based IAV in charge of advanced development in 2009, then switched to Maserati.