Derek is an autos veteran. An engineer by training with over 40 years experience working in the industry, Derek started his career working for GM in 1971. He then moved into Product Planning at Ford and was involved in launching the first generation Ford Mondeos in the 1990's and the global C-segment products in the 2000's. Derek worked at Ford from 1982 until 2010 and therefore was close to the evolution of Jaguar Land Rover. He officially moved to a management role at JLR in 2003 whilst the brands were under Ford's ownership and stayed with JLR as Director of Product Planning at JLR as a standalone business.