Caption (left to right): Xavier Bettel – Prime Minister of
Luxembourg; Jean-Marc Gales – CEO of Group Lotus plc;
His Royal Highness Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg; Mars Di Bartolomeo –
President of the Chamber of Deputies
Recognising his significant and ongoing contribution to the
Motor Industry, Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales has been awarded the title Commander
of the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg following a ceremony in
the country’s capital.
Jean-Marc Gales received the Commander of the Order of Merit from His Royal
Highness Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Held at the Luxembourg Philharmonie,
during the county’s National Day celebrations, the honour was vested during the
annual ceremony, and cited Jean-Marc Gales’ ‘distinguished international career’,
‘exceptional service’, and ‘stunning commitment’.
Speaking after the ceremony, Jean-Marc Gales said: “I’m very proud of my
Luxembourg heritage and I am honoured to have received this title and be
recognised in such a way. The automotive industry is a challenging, fascinating
and exciting business to be in and I continue to thoroughly enjoy it. My current
role at Lotus is certainly the most rewarding as, together with our dedicated
and hardworking staff, we have succeeded in turning the Lotus business around.”
Growing up in the era of Team Lotus Formula 1 World Champions including Graham
Hill, Jochen Rindt and Mario Andretti, Jean-Marc Gales enjoyed an early
fascination with Lotus and its cars. He cites a childhood visit to a local Lotus
dealer in Luxembourg as a pivotal moment, helping define his future path. Today,
he retains strong personal links with the country and frequently returns.
Graduating with an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of
Karlsruhe in Germany and an MSc in Management from London's Imperial College,
Jean-Marc’s career has seen him work for many of the world’s best-known car
Prior to his appointment at Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales was Chief Executive Officer
of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (“CLEPA”), before which he
was the President of Automobiles Citroen and Automobiles Peugeot. His other
previous appointments include senior positions in Daimler AG, General Motors and
Joining Lotus in 2014, Jean-Marc has implemented and overseen a plan which has
overhauled the business. With the support of the team at Hethel, Norfolk and the
company’s owners, DRB-HICOM, Group Lotus has now returned to strength. Expected
to deliver a profit this financial year, it will be the first time in the
company’s history that both the car and engineering divisions have made a
positive contribution to the business.
As part of this return to form, production of cars at the company’s factory is
expected to exceed 2000 vehicles this financial year.
With a heritage of efficient design, Lotus is the maker of some of the finest,
lightweight, pure and most efficient sports cars sold today. No other car
manufacturer can claim the design philosophy of ‘lighter and faster’ which is
perfectly demonstrated in the current range of sports cars: Elise, Exige, Evora
and 3-Eleven. Lotus sets the benchmark for performance and handling both on road
and on track with hand-built sports cars which provide a level of precision and
driver involvement that rivals cannot match.
Already in 2016, Lotus has launched the Exige Sport 350 (the fastest real world
sports car), the Elise Cup 250 (the latest and quickest version of the legendary
Elise) and the game changing Lotus 3-Eleven. The new Lotus Evora Sport 410, a
lighter and quicker version of the Evora 400 will arrive in dealerships later
Remaining true to the ethos of the company’ s founder Colin Chapman, Lotus
continues to lead the field with its latest class-leading generation of sports
cars, combining high-output engines with the company’s dedication to cutting
mass, and so boosting performance through intelligent engineering.
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