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Gerry McGovern

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Gerry McGovern
Gerry McGovern - Range Rover.jpg
Gerry McGovern with the fourth generation Range Rover
Born1956
Coventry, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish
OccupationCar designer
EmployerJaguar Land Rover

Gerard Gabriel McGovern OBE is a British car designer and the design director for Jaguar Land Rovers Land Rover marque,[1] leading the brand's Design Studio at Gaydon, Warwickshire,[2] creating concepts and new models. A strong advocate of design's relevance to brand equity, he is a member of the Jaguar Land Rover board of Management.[3][4]

Background

McGovern was born in Coventry in 1956 where he attended primary and Binley Park secondary schools. While still at the latter, he was introduced to Chrysler design boss Roy Axe, who was to remain a major influence.[3] Chrysler sponsored McGovern at the Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) where he completed a degree in industrial design before attending the Royal College of Art in London, specialising in automotive design.

Early career

While sponsored by Chrysler UK, McGovern started work at the Styling Studio at Whitley, Coventry. In 1978 McGovern began working for Chrysler in Highland Park, near Detroit, before returning to the UK as a Senior Designer for Chrysler/Peugeot; here he worked alongside Peter Horbury (later Head of Design for Volvo in Sweden) and Moray Callum (formerly Head of Design for Mazda, then Director of Ford’s Car design division).

In 1982 McGovern rejoined Roy Axe (now Design Director) at Austin Rover Group. Through this period he worked on the MG EX-E concept car, was the lead designer of the critically acclaimed [3] MG F sports car and the Land Rover Freelander (the best selling compact SUV in Europe for 7 years),[citation needed] and led the team that created the third generation Range Rover. In 1999 Ford Motor Company hired McGovern to head up and rejuvenate Lincoln-Mercury design.[3] He set up a new design studio in California and became only the second design professional to be appointed to the Lincoln Mercury Board. Among his hires was Marek Reichman, who went on to become Aston Martin Design Director.

Recent career

Returning to the UK in 2003 as Creative Director of Lugeii, Ford’s design and creativity centre, Ingeni in Soho, London, McGovern rejoined Land Rover as Director, Advanced Design in April 2004. Explaining why, McGovern said "Land Rover fascinates me more than any other car maker because it has its roots in pure design as opposed to styling."[3] Ford’s Group VP Design, J Mays, noted that "Gerry is uniquely suited to this role. He's already shown the world that he fully understands Land Rover's DNA." [5]

He joined the Executive Committee of Land Rover in June 2008, later joining the Executive Committee of Jaguar Land Rover when the two companies merged in 2013.[6]

McGovern was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to automotive design.[7]

Recent designs

McGovern’s first new introduction was the LRX concept – only the second concept car from the company, the first being Range Stormer. LRX was subsequently confirmed for 2011 production and introduced as the compact two litre Range Rover Evoque, with anticipated CO2 emissions of 130g/km. The Range Rover Evoque is the smallest, lightest and most efficient Range Rover ever.[8] Gerry McGovern has also guided the evolution of the 2010 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Discovery 4,[9] the latter going on sale globally in September 2009. He then designed the 4th generation Range Rover and 2nd generation Range Rover sport, released in 2012 and 2013; both of these quickly became hugely successful. He then began the redesign of the car that put him on Land Rover's radar, a new iteration of the Land Rover Freelander, dubbed the Discovery Sport.

References

  1. ^ "Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern on the Defender and future projects | Autocar". www.autocar.co.uk. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. ^ Mullen, Enda (29 September 2019). "Inside Jaguar Land Rover's amazing new facility in Warwickshire". coventrytelegraph. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Design Director Gerry McGovern". Archived from the original on 7 April 2010.
  4. ^ "GERRY McGOVERN | Land Rover Homepage UK". media.landrover.com. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Gerry McGovern to head Land Rover Advanced Design". Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  6. ^ Jaguar Land Rover Annual Report 2013-2014. p. 96.
  7. ^ "No. 62866". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 2019. p. N13.
  8. ^ "Land Rover".[failed verification]
  9. ^ "Who's Where: Gerry McGovern to head Land Rover design". Archived from the original on 2 December 2010.
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