Ferrari executive takes top job at Lotus

Paul Hill, business editorLotus has recruited a senior executive from the legendary Italian carmaker Ferrari as its new chief executive.The top job at the Norfolk carmaker has been vacant since veteran boss Mike Kimberley announced his retirement in July through ill-health.Paul Hill, business editor

Lotus has recruited a senior executive from the legendary Italian carmaker Ferrari as its new chief executive.

The top job at the Norfolk carmaker has been vacant since veteran boss Mike Kimberley announced his retirement in July through ill-health.

Today Lotus confirmed that Dany Bahar, senior vice-president at Ferrari, will take the role of chief executive from October 1.

Mr Bahar has been responsible for Ferrari's worldwide road car sales as well as the Formula 1 team's marketing and merchandising.


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"I am looking forward to taking on the challenges as CEO of this legendary and iconic company with a peerless motorsport history," Mr Bahar said.

"Lotus has a worldwide reputation for innovative engineering and superb sportscars that lead the world in efficiency, design and dynamics.

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"With the recent launch of the award-winning Evora, there is proof that Lotus is better placed than many to capitalise on the rapidly changing automotive market. I can't wait to get my plans underway in October."

Before joining Ferrari, Mr Bahar was head of corporate projects for the international drinks brand Red Bull, setting up its Formula 1 strategy and its Nascar team in the United States.

Group Lotus chairman Dato' Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh said: "With Dany's track record in motorsports and Ferrari, we strongly believe that we have found the right CEO to enhance the Lotus image, brand and reputation as a world class sportscar and engineering company. With a strong management team already in place, we are confident this objective can be attained."

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