Andy GossNeed someone to run a British automaker? Hire a German. Or at least someone who used to work for a German automaker. Rolls-Royce is run by Torsten Müller-Ötvös, a longtime BMW executive. Bentley is headed by Wolfgang Dürheimer, a former Porsche exec. Aston Martin is headed by Ulrich Bez, who worked many years for both BMW and Porsche. Noticing a pattern here?

Now, Jaguar Land Rover has announced a new chief executive for its North American operations, and surprise surprise, he comes from Porsche. With current president Gary Temple retiring, Andy Goss (the smiling chap at right) will be taking up the reins as President at Jaguar Land Rover North America.

Goss comes to the job from his current position as CEO of Porsche Cars GB, where he directed the German automaker's operations in Great Britain. Before that he worked at Austin Rover, Citroën, Nissan, Lexus and Toyota. So he's got plenty of experience, even if the bulk of it was in the UK and not in the region he'll now be supervising for the Leaping Cat and the Green Oval. Official announcement after the jump.

[Source: Jaguar Land Rover]

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT OF NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS

April 20, 2011: Jaguar Land Rover today announced that Andy Goss will be joining the company as President, Jaguar Land Rover North America (JLRNA).

Goss, 53, will have overall responsibility for the National Sales Company operations of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands in the United States and Canada.

Gary Temple, President of Jaguar Land Rover North America since 2007 has announced his intention to retire later this year following a hand-over period with Andy Goss.

Formerly Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Cars GB, Andy Goss will take up his new position on May 1. He will report to Phil Popham, Director, Group Sales Operations for Jaguar Land Rover.

Phil Popham said: "We are delighted to welcome Andy to the critically important North American team. Please join ime in wishing Andy every success with his new assignment and in wishing Gary a long and happy retirement."