Jaguar Land Rover is repitching its lobbying agency work as its global public affairs director moves on to Ford
The vehicle manufacturer owned by Tata Group has held pitches for its public affairs business, currently held by Hanover. The agency provides ongoing strategic counsel and public affairs support for JLR, focusing across political parties and Whitehall. The pitch process is understood to include MHP, Maitland Political, Fishburn Hedges and the incumbent. The news comes as it has emerged that the car firm’s director of global government affairs Andrew McCall is leaving. He has been offered a job with Ford of Europe as executive director, government affairs, beginning in June. A spokeswoman for Jaguar Land Rover said, 'Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed Andrew McCall is leaving his position as government affairs director after ten years at the firm.’
A replacement for McCall will be announced shortly. His successor will continue to oversee public affairs in Washington DC, Brussels and Beijing as well as London. McCall previously worked for Ford for two years, and before that worked in his first stint at Jaguar Land Rover.
Jaguar Land Rover has posted strong sales results for the MENAP region at the end of its financial year
Sales in the Middle East and North Africa region were up 40 per cent on the previous year in what is the 6th largest market for Land Rover globally. These figures and positive figures from other luxury brands indicate that the market is picking up from its lowest point since the recession. The Evoque is in demand with waiting periods stretching to over a year. Range Rover and Range Rover Sport vehicles have seen an increase of 21 percent and 16 per cent respectively while sales of the Land Rover LR2 Freelander more than doubled year on year.
Pop singer turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham may have had a hand in creating a new special edition of the Evoque, Beckham said she did a great deal of research in the planning, but forgot something crucial. This story surfaced on May 1 not April 1; Victoria Beckham has revealed she recently set off on the school run and left son Brooklyn at home. She told Vanity Fair magazine she forgot her teenage son on a busy morning. Victoria explained, 'I jump in my Range Rover, put the car seat in, put my iPod on - obviously very important - and I drive to school. And then I realise, I'd left Brooklyn in the kitchen. I was driving along, talking away, and all of a sudden, I looked at the front seat, and I was like, "S***! S***! I've forgot something!"
She explained, ' I got up early with Harper, sorted Harper out, got all the kids their breakfast, got them ready for school, put Harper in the car seat, and said, 'Come on, kids, we have to get going or we're going to be late' - every morning I take Brooklyn, and David takes the little boys to school. We take it in turns because they go to two different schools. I'd got down the road, and I literally had to turn around and drive back up the driveway. And David was standing there in the driveway with all three boys, just [shakes her head]. And I felt like such an idiot because I was in such a rush. Harper was in the car, I was in the car, and we were on the way to school. But we did not have the child who needed to go to school.'