Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has appointed Thomas Müller as its new executive director of product engineering, responsible for the technical development of all new Jaguar and Land Rover models, including both hardware and software. Müller brings more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry to the role, with an extensive R&D background and a particular focus on chassis, ADAS and autonomous driving. He succeeds Nick Rogers, who decided to leave the company in December 2021.
He joins JLR from the Volkswagen Group, where he held various engineering leadership positions at Audi. Most recently, he was EVP for ADAS and autonomous driving R&D at Volkswagen Group’s automotive software subsidiary, CARIAD. JLR has indicated that it expects Müller’s expertise in technology, agile leadership and digital capabilities to bring “significant benefits” to the efficient delivery of the next generation of luxury vehicles.
“I am thrilled to join the Jaguar Land Rover team at a pivotal point in the company’s transformation. We have a truly exciting opportunity,” Müller said. “By fully implementing agile principles, automating engineering processes and applying innovative product development methods, we will bring to life a new generation of electrified Jaguar and Land Rover models that embody our modern luxury philosophy. Jaguar and Land Rover are already renowned for their peerless design and dynamic capability. I’m looking forward to further contributing to the success of these amazing brands and products as we pioneer a new era of electric power and digitalisation.”
Müller will play a key role in bringing to life the company’s Reimagine programme: a sustainability strategy designed to help JLR achieve net-zero carbon emissions across supply chain, products and operations by 2039.
Thierry Bolloré, JLR’s CEO said of the appointment, “Not only is Thomas a highly skilled, experienced engineering leader; he also brings a humble and approachable quality and we’re delighted to welcome him to Jaguar Land Rover. His vision and knowledge from more than two decades in the industry will make him a great support and mentor to our teams as we accelerate our journey of simplification and electrification.”