The London Taxi Company (LTC) has strengthened its senior management team ahead of the launch of its all new electric taxi in 2017.
Having successfully lead the company out of administration in 2013 and secured a £300m investment from parent company Geely, Peter Johansen is stepping back from daily management duties to focus on his new role as President of the London Taxi Company.
Chris Gubbey will join the London Taxi Company on 1st May 2016, and will assume full management responsibilities as CEO of the London Taxi Company on 1st July, 2016. Chris brings with him decades of automotive experience gained from senior management positions he’s held at Vauxhall in the UK, where he was Manufacturing Director, as well as senior leadership roles at General Motors in China, Germany and Russia. Chris has also held roles at Ford, Toyota and GKN. Most recently Chris has been the CEO of Brilliance Auto Group in China.
Peter’s new role will allow him to focus on senior level advocacy and business development in order to maintain the high profile the company has built up under his leadership since 2013. Peter remains a Company Director. Both Chris and Peter will report to the Chairman of the London Taxi Company, Carl-Peter Forster.
The changes will strengthen the company at a time when it is delivering a £300m investment programme that includes the creation of a brand new research, development and production facility in Ansty, Coventry, which will be complete in 2016. The development is the first new car plant to be built in the UK for over a decade and will focus entirely on the development and production of battery electric commercial vehicles.
• Chris Gubbey joined the management team on May 1.