Jean-Marc Gales joined Lotus as Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc in May 2014. Gales, a Luxembourgian, holds a MSc in Management from London's Imperial College, and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany.
A known industry player, Gales has held several significant positions with numerous global automotive manufacturers including President of Automobiles Citroen and Automobiles Peugeot and a number of senior positions in Daimler AG, General Motors and Volkswagen AG.
A lifelong Lotus fan, Jean-Marc Gales recalls being taken to the Lotus dealer in Luxembourg by his father and names the Lotus Elite, unveiled in 1974 as his favourite Lotus from his childhood. He firmly believes that "the only way to make a sports car better is to make it lighter and faster".
Group Lotus plc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-HICOM, is based in Norfolk, UK and has three operating divisions: Lotus Cars, Lotus Engineering and Lotus Motorsport.
Lotus is more than just a sports car company, it is a high technology business born out of world championship winning motorsport and centred around the engineering principles laid down by the Lotus founder, Colin Chapman.
At an engineering philosophy level, Lotus is all about efficiency and light weight, with the ultimate goal to be competitive and to win; to quote Colin Chapman, “I think you get results entirely proportionate to the amount of effort you put into it. If you're not winning you're not trying hard enough, that's really what it boils down to”
Light weight and efficiency are desired more today than they ever have been. For world class, high performance Lotus sports cars this distils into Pure Driving.
Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of the world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. It is an internationally recognised automotive engineering consultancy committed to sharing Lotus technology and engineering values with customers around the world.
Lotus Motorsport remains the core of the business, fundamental to Lotus, and builds and develops vehicles for GT racing with the Evora GX, GTC, GT4, and GTS, in addition to racing vehicles such as the Exige V6 Cup and Elise Cup cars.
“Taking part is a lot of fun but the only real satisfaction comes from winning. I wouldn't go racing if I wasn't winning”