Dr Andy Palmer CMG FIMechE (born 30 June 1963) is an English Engineer and businessman. He got his Master’s degree (MSc) in Product Engineering; and Doctorate (PhD) in Engineering; is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; and Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering.
Dr Palmer has over 41 years of Automotive industry experience and was named by AutoExpress as the most influential British person in the industry in the past 30 years. In 2010 Coventry University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Technology and in 2014 he was appointed Professor, advising the university in the automotive field. He is the Founder and CEO of Palmer Automotive Ltd and serves as Vice Chairman for Inobat, Chairman of Optare Ltd, as well as non-Executive Director of Ashok Leyland Ltd and Secured by Designs Ltd. He was the President and CEO of Aston Martin from 2014 to 2020. In 2017, he was appointed as Chairman of the productivity and skills commission of the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). Dr.Palmer was previously the Chief Planning Officer, Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive committee of Nissan Motor Company, reporting directly to Nissan's president and CEO, Mr Carlos Ghosn .Dr. Palmer shared the Chief Operating Officer role with two Nissan executives. Palmer was also Chairman of Infiniti, and President of Nissan Motor Light Truck Co, a member of the Board of Directors of Nissan (China) Investment Company (NCIC), and of Nissan's joint ventures with India's Ashok Leyland. He has been called an "Engineer-turned-Marketing Guru [with a] raw instinct.”
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