From the sound of things, Jaguar's
hunger for a slice of the Chinese auto market may be causing growing pains. According to The Daily Telegraph
, Des Thurlby, the human resources director for the car maker, has been doing his best to encourage executives to pull up roots and do a tour of duty in either China
, the United States or Russia. The British news agency calls some of Thurlby's conversations "pointed," with the director indicating that those workers who choose to skip a stint in international waters are less likely to see promotion within the company.
China has recently grown to become the third largest market for Jaguar
vehicles after the U.S. and United Kingdom, and the company seems to have a serious desire to begin manufacturing operations in the People's Republic. That would require a substantial chunk of employees to move to China for sessions that usually last up to three years. Needless to say, those with spouses and children aren't exactly keen to pack up the house and move across the globe.
[Source: The Daily Telegraph