Ralf Speth was appointed to the post of Chief Executive Officer at Jaguar Land Rover on February 18, 2010. Prior to this appointment, he was Head of Global Operations at the international industrial gases and engineering company, The Linde Group. Ralf Speth started his business career at BMW leaving after 20 years to join Ford Motor Company's Premier Automotive Group (PAG). He earned a Doctorate of Engineering and is an Industrial Professor at the University of Warwick. He has also been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Born in Roth, Germany, he is married with two daughters.