Geoff Polites, CEO Jaguar Land Rover. Click image to enlarge
Dearborn, Michigan – Geoff Polites, chief executive officer of Jaguar Land Rover, has died at his home in Australia after battling serious illness for the past two years. He was 60.
Polites was credited with leading the team that returned the Jaguar Land Rover business back to profitability and steered it through its ongoing sale process to Tata Motors.
“Geoff’s untimely passing robs his family and friends of a man who was a real inspiration to us all,” said Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company. “His drive and determination, combined with his clear sense of vision for the business, played a huge role in turning round the business at Jaguar Land Rover and returning it to profitability. Geoff ensured that Jaguar Land Rover was not distracted and continued to focus on the fundamentals of the business during the recent sale process, despite at the time also fighting his own personal health battle. He was a trusted colleague and someone who was much respected not just by his peers but by all who had the privilege to work with him.”
David Smith, Jaguar Land Rover’s chief financial officer, will take over as acting CEO until a successor is appointed.