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".
Defining Lotus is one of the simplest things in the world. Everything we do revolves around reaching the lowest common denominators of lightness, allied to strength but created with simplicity in mind.
The company ethos revolves around enhancement, refinement and accessibility. If these elements can be determined as natural, liveable and viable, then a Lotus product results. Whether you are looking at the motorcars that are produced at our home factory in Norfolk, or the advanced engineering that has been commissioned by the international clients of Lotus, over the years, a pure and simple outcome is invariably the prerequisite and always what we deliver.
Of course, you will describe us in many ways. From cool and collected, to racy and radical. However, you, as people who are smart, witty, intelligent and single-minded, define us. Those are the qualities that have formed Lotus, right from its earliest days in Colin Chapman’s North London lockup, to its current status, as one of the world’s most highly regarded and famous sportscar brands.
British to the core, despite its history, we do not waste time reflecting in the past of Lotus. We maintain passionately the lightness of being that is central to all that we carry out. Whether you look at a lotus blossom, or partake of the lotus position, you can draw parallels with us. Our agility and flexibility, lack of compromise, sense of purpose, style and technological stance are all ring-fenced by a sense of levity. You love us and we love what we do. That is Lotus. Purposeful and simple.
Lotus Cars builds world class, high performance sports cars including the award-winning Evora, the iconic Elise and the stunning Exige.
Factory tours of the Hethel manufacturing facility are available through the Lotus Driving Academy.
Lotus Motorsport builds and develops vehicles for GT racing with Evora GX, GTC, GT4 and GTS, in addition to racing vehicles such as Exige V6 Cup, Exige Cup R and Elise Cup cars. Lotus F1® Team also races in the iconic Black and Gold livery.
Lotus Motorsport operates the motorsports activities of Lotus.
The Lotus test track, home of Lotus Motorsport and the Driving Academy, is situated close to the main headquarters at Hethel. It was revised and rebuilt in 2011.
Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of the world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers and is an internationally recognised automotive engineering consultancy.
Global facilities include those in the US, Malaysia, China an office in Japan. Lotus is a global high-tech company, committed to driving forward technology for both Lotus Cars and its Engineering clients, spearheading research into such areas as hybrids, electric vehicles and renewable fuels.
GROUP LOTUS HEADQUARTERS
Group Lotus plc, wholly owned subsidiary of DRB-HICOM, is based in Norfolk, UK and has three operating divisions.
THE LOTUS SHOP AT HETHEL HQ
Lotus Store at Hethel HQ is a host to a diverse collection of luxury apparel, luggage, gifts, toys, and limited edition collectables - this is a store for the fashion conscious and style orientated, not purely a shrine for Lotus fans.
Nevertheless, those with a passion for F1 will be able to lose themselves in the emporium, whilst those that are more concerned with quality fashion will be delighted with the beautiful lines that are perhaps more affordable than the dream sportscar!