NEWYORK - A former Jaguar executive is slated to return to the company as head of its North American operations.
Mike O'Driscoll, 43, the Wash-ington regional manager for Lincoln Mercury, will succeed Mike Dale as president of Jaguar Cars North America.
O'Driscoll is a native of Coventry, England, Jaguar's hometown. He has been at Lincoln Mercury and Ford Division for the past four years, after spending 20 years at Jaguar. From 1992-95, he was Jaguar general sales manager for the United States.
'He's got all the Jaguar credentials,' Dale said. Dale will retire after a 42-year career on May 1, shortly after he turns 65.
O'Driscoll rejoins Jaguar Cars North America as executive vice president on Dec. 1.
With two months to go in 1999, Dale said Jaguar Cars North America could top its all-time annual U.S. sales record of 24,464 as early as this week. The previous mark was set in 1986.
Dale, a former Royal Air Force fighter pilot, said in a phone interview that he approaches retirement with 'decidedly mixed' emotions: 'I have a very full life waiting for me outside work. But you know, Jaguar has been my life.'