LONDON -- Lotus Cars has appointed its chief engineer, Matt Windle, to lead the automaker after CEO Phil Popham stepped down.
Popham will leave the company at the end of March after less than three years in the post, Lotus said in a statement.
Popham said Windle, who has a history with the UK sports-car maker of more than 20 years, is a long-standing 'Lotus Man.'
Windle, 49, joined Lotus in 1998 before switching to Tesla in 2005 to work on its first car, the Roadster, which was created with help from Lotus.
He then spent five years working for niche British sports-car makers Caterham and Zenos before returning to Lotus in 2017. He was promoted to head of engineering in March 2020.