NORFOLK, UK., 2 September 2014 —— Group Lotus plc announced the appointment of Miguel Fragoso as Engineering Director. He will have overall responsibility for all aspects of engineering at Lotus.
Miguel will be based at Lotus’ Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk and will report to the CEO of Group Lotus plc, Jean-Marc Gales.
A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Miguel has held a number of senior roles with the automotive industry, most recently as CEO of Millbrook Proving Ground, where he grew and diversified Millbrook from a proving ground and test site to become a complete vehicle engineering development centre.
Prior to the role at Millbrook, he held senior positions in engineering and corporate planning at General Motors, in the UK, mainland Europe and Japan.
Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, said, “I would like to welcome Miguel to Lotus. His background in the automotive industry in delivering vehicle programmes will assist in the delivery of our growth plans for the future.”
Miguel Fragoso said, “I am delighted to join the Lotus team and I look forward to contributing to the exciting future of Lotus, to help grow the business and lead the teams that will continue to develop sports cars that are distinctive, competitive, pure and possess unrivalled ride and handling.”
Miguel Fragoso is an engineering graduate from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, and holds a post graduate in engineering from Glasgow University where he was a Stevenson Fellow. He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Group Lotus plc, wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-HICOM, is based in Norfolk, UK, and has three operating divisions: Lotus Cars, Lotus Engineering and Lotus Motorsport.
Lotus Cars builds world class, high performance sports cars including the award-winning Evora, the iconic Elise and the stunning Exige.
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, China and offices in Germany and 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.
Lotus Motorsport 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. PETRONAS is the Official Lubricants Partner for Lotus Racing vehicles competing in various high profile international GT categories. Lotus also competes in F1® with the Lotus F1 Team, racing in the iconic Black and Gold Livery.
Lotus Originals is the retail operation for all of Lotus’ non-car products. A diverse collection of luxury apparel, luggage, gifts, toys and limited edition collectables can be bought online at www.lotusoriginals.com or at any of the dedicated Lotus Originals outlets including the flagship Regent Street store in London’s Piccadilly.
[Source : Lotus]