Position: Chair


Appointed: April 2014

Jonathan Browning has been chair of the CWLEP since April 2014 and his current term of office runs until April 2020.  In addition, Jonathan also chairs the CWLEP Programme Delivery Board, is a member of the West Midlands Combined Authority Board and chairs their Strategic Economic Development Board.

Jonathan is a globally-recognised figure in the automotive industry, and joined the LEP board after three years as President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. His career has spanned the breadth of the industry across multiple countries and regions, working in locations ranging from Turkey to Switzerland and from Germany to the US, as well as numerous parts of the UK.

While with Ford, his positions included Managing Director of Jaguar Cars between 1999 and 2001 before moving back to General Motors where he was Chairman of Vauxhall Motors from 2005-2008 and Vice President of GM’s global Sales, Service and Marketing from 2008-2010.

In the US with Volkswagen he led the company to profitability and to more than double the size of its business. He was recognised as an automotive ‘All-Star’ in 2011 and 2012 by the industry-leading title Automotive News.

He holds a degree in Industrial Economics from Nottingham University, an MBA from Duke University in the USA, and in 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration by Coventry University for his services to the global automotive industry. Warwickshire has been his family base for the past 20 years.

Jonathan is a past chairman of British Cycling, is currently a non-executive director of the AUTO1 Group based in Germany, and a non-executive director of the Organising Committee of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

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