Things didn't turn out so well for Wolfgang Ziebart the last time he was involved in the British auto industry. As BMW's fast-rising product development boss in the late 1990s -- considered a possible CEO candidate -- Ziebart was immersed in attempts to revive BMW's Rover subsidiary.
When BMW sold Rover in March 2000 it created a ruckus on BMW's management board. Ziebart and two other board members either resigned or were fired -- it was never clear which.
Now Ziebart, 63, is headed back to Britain. He has joined Jaguar Land Rover's management board as head of product development.
"It is a unique opportunity to obtain an expert of his caliber for our company," said Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by India's Tata Motors.
Ziebart brings expertise in the electric and electronics area. He ran the automotive electronics units at Continental AG after leaving BMW and later became CEO of chip maker Infineon, turning the company into an important supplier for Apple's iPhone. After his departure from Infineon in 2009, he led Artega, a German sports car manufacturer, and developed an electric sports car there.