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 Programme Delivery 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.

In the US with Volkswagen he led the company to improved profitability, to open new manufacturing plants 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 and an MBA from Duke University in the USA. He has lived in Warwickshire for the past 15 years.

Jonathan is a non-executive director and past chairman of British Cycling.

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