his 28 years career in the motor industry he has been responsible for product design and
development at Porsche, BMW and Daewoo. Since the beginning of this year he has been a
business adviser to Ford.
In addition to his new responsibilities as
Chairman and Chief Executive of Land Rover Bob Dover is to remain a member of Aston
Martin's Board of Directors with Ken Giles continuing as Managing Director.
During his time with Porsche Ulrich Bez directed
the design, development and introduction of the 911 Turbo, the Carrera RS, the 968 and the
993. He was also responsible for Porsche's Vehicle Research and Development, the
establishment of Porsche Engineering in the USA and the company's motor sport programmes
in Formula I, the World Sportscar Championship, Indiannapolis and Le Mans.
He held similar positions of responsibility for
product design and development at both BMW and Daewoo and has worked as an independent
business adviser to ABB and Ford.
"This year Aston Martin is on course to
establish new, all time sales and production records" said Bob Dover. "Key to
this success has to be Aston Martin's performance in global markets and both the USA and
Germany in particular. Germany is now the world's second largest market for luxury sports
cars. Ulrich Bez is a brilliant, innovative engineer and strategist with tremendous global
experience. The unique insight and expertise which he brings to Aston Martin will be vital
and crucial to the future long term success and development of the company and its goal of
becoming as significant to Britain as Ferrari is to Italy."
Ulrich Bez was born at Bad Cannstatt in Germany in
November 1943, has a Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Stuttgart and is the
author of more than 40 scientific publications on subjects related to the Motor Industry.
He was the recipient of an NHTSA Safety Award in
1982 for his research into side impact protection and aluminium structures. He is married
to Martina and they have four children, three girls and a boy.
He is an extremely skilled test and development
driver with wide experience of single seat racing cars, sports cars and off-road vehicles.
His hobbies include a broad range of sports - skiing, tennis, mountain biking and golf.
(July 6, 2000)