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Peter Mertens - Senior Vice President, Research & Development, Volvo Car Corporation




Present position: Senior Vice President, Research & Development, Volvo Car Corporation as from April 1, 2011

Born: 1961


1990 Dr. Ingenieur University of Kaiserslautern, PhD in Production and Industrial Engineering, Germany
1985 Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Viriginia Polytech nic Instritute, USA


Previous positions:
2010 - 2011 Jaguar Cars Plc/Tata Motors India, Head of Corporate Quality and member of the Board of Jaguar/Landrover
2005 - 2010 Global Vehicle Line Executive, Executive Director General Motors worldwide, Rüsselsheim, Germany
2004 - 2005 Vehicle Line Executive, Executive Director, General Motors Europe
2002 - 2004 Vehicle Line Executive, Executive Director, Adam Opel AG
1996 - 2002 Managing Director, Tegaron Telematics GmbH, Bonn, Germany

1990 - 1996 Different positions within Daimler Chrysler AG, (1990-1993 Head of Aftersales Engineering, 1993-1996 Project leader Mercedes A-Class), Daimler Chrysler AG, Stuttgart, Germany

1985 - 1990 Head of Technology Transfer, Institute of Technology Transfer, Kaiserslautern/Germany


German - native
English - fluent



Peter Mertens was born in Germany in 1961 and has been interested in cars since he was a young boy.
Following an apprenticeship as a toolmaker Peter Mertens completed a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the US in 1985.
He later went on to complete his doctorate in Production Engineering and Industrial Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern.

Peter Mertens started his career within the automotive industry in 1990. He has since then achieved a broad experience from different countries in Europe, as well as the USA and Asia.

Peter Mertens has also experience from a wide variety of roles including product development and aftersales engineering at Mercedes Benz. More recently he was also attending a position as Global Vehicle Line Executive at General Motors.

In 2010 he was responsible for Jaguar Land Rover's quality and safety performance globally. He reported directly to Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer in charge, Dr Ralf Speth.
Peter Mertens is married and he has three children.

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