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8 Mar 2010 17:56

Jaguar had more new chief executive officers than cars at last week's Geneva motor show.

New on the scene are Carl-Peter Forster, most recently in charge of General Motors Europe, who becomes the group CEO for Tata Motors, the Indian company that now owns Jaguar and Land Rover. He's joined by Ralph Speth as CEO of Jaguar Land Rover.

Both have experience of the British brands. Forster was at BMW when that company owned MG Rover and Land Rover, while Speth also has years under his belt at Ford's Premier Automotive Group, which was made up of Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo.

Neither Forster nor Speth was keen to run riot with a red pen at Geneva and shake up existing development plans just yet - hardly surprising with only a few weeks in charge between them. When he took the job with Tata, in fact, Forster asked for 100 days of thinking time before he presents his vision for the future of the company.

There are 72 days of thinking time left (as of March 8), so what might Forster have in mind?