Aston Martin recruits chief engineer from sports car rival

Joerg Ross

Sports car manufacturer Aston Martin has recruited a key engineer as it looks to progress its electric vehicle development.

The Warwickshire-based firm has appointed former Maserati and Ferrari engineer, Joerg Ross to be its Chief Engineer, Powertrain.

Mr Ross will be responsible for the development of Aston Martin’s engines, transmissions and electrification.

Reporting to Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Max Szwaj, he will be based at the company’s headquarters at Gaydon.

Born in Remscheid, Germany, Mr Ross holds a degree and a PHD in Mechanical Engineering from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He speaks several languages including German, English and Italian.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr Szwaj said: “We are delighted to welcome Joerg to the Aston Martin team. His considerable experience and knowledge will prove invaluable for the Engineering team as we prepare the business for the next generation of Aston Martin products.”

Mr Ross said: “I’m delighted to be joining Aston Martin at what is an exciting time for the brand.

“The company is at a significant point in its history, with the recent announcement of its first all-electric car the RapidE. I’m excited to play a part in developing Aston Martin’s future vehicle strategy.”

Prior to joining the British company, Mr Ross served as Head of Advanced Powertrain for Maserati.

During his 25-year career in the automotive industry he has held senior management positions at IAV, Scuderia Ferrari F1 and Ford.