Michael Straughan has been appointed to the board of Bentley Motors as Director of Manufacturing. He will take over from Doug Dickson on 7th February 2011. Doug will retire from business later this year.
Michael Straughan was formerly Operations Director for the Halewood plant at Jaguar Land Rover. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Board Member of both the Liverpool and Knowsley Economy Boards as well as Chairman of the North West Automotive Alliance.
As a member of the main Bentley Board, Michael will report directly to the new Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, Wolfgang Dürheimer, who succeeds Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen on 1st February 2011. Dr Paefgen said:
“We have been looking for a successor to Doug for some time and firmly believe we have got the right man for the job. Michael has the broad experience, expertise and commitment which will help us maintain the levels of quality, craftsmanship and excellence that are the hallmarks of Bentley. He also has the necessary commercial prowess to help Bentley through an exciting but challenging time as we move into full production of both the flagship Mulsanne and the new Continental GT.
“I would also pay tribute to the contribution Doug has made to the business over the past twelve years. He has been an inspirational figure to everyone and one of the main people behind the renaissance of Bentley.”
Michael will direct all the Company’s manufacturing operations including production, planning, logistics, lean operations and general plant operations. Mr Straughan is married with two children.