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Design director and chief creative officer

Land Rover

After completing a degree in industrial design at Coventry University, Gerry McGovern went on to study for a master's at the Royal College of Art in London, specialising in automotive design.

He began his career at Chrysler in Detroit, before returning to the UK as a senior designer for Peugeot and later joining the Rover Group. Through this period he was the lead designer of the critically acclaimed MGF sports car, the Land Rover Freelander, and led the team that created the third generation Range Rover.

McGovern then moved to the Ford Motor Company to head up and rejuvenate the Lincoln-Mercury brands, setting up studios in Detroit and California, before returning to the UK to run a design consultancy in London.

He rejoined Land Rover in 2004 as director, advanced design, and was appointed as Land Rover design director in 2006. Since then his position has grown to include the role of chief creative officer and he is a member of the Jaguar Land Rover executive committee.