Tom Purves Appointed CEO
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Crewe - Rolls-Royce Motor
Cars announced that Tom Purves will join the company as
its Chief Executive Officer. He will take up his new
position in July, following the recent appointment of
Ian Robertson to the BMW AG Board of Management.
Robertson will remain Chairman of Rolls-Royce.
Purves is currently Chairman and
CEO of BMW (US) Holding Corp., a position he has held since May
1999. He is also president of BMW of North America, LLC. He has
led the company to achieve groundbreaking success, with market
share and sales of BMW Group vehicles more than doubling during
his tenure. In addition, Purves was responsible for the
successful launch of MINI in North America.
He has spent his whole working
life in the automotive industry, beginning with Rolls-Royce as
an apprentice engineer at Crewe in 1967. His role with the
company evolved to include several management positions in
various fields including sales in Europe, Africa and the Middle
Purves joined the BMW Group in
1985 as Sales Director of BMW (GB) Ltd in Great Britain and was
appointed Managing Director in 1989. During his tenure, the
company became the second largest BMW export market after the
USA. In 1996 he became a Rover Board member, where he oversaw
the global sales and marketing of Land Rover, MINI, MG and Rover
before his move to North America.