Chief Process Engineer becomes the new CEO of LotusJanuary 28, 2021
Lotus engineer Matt Windl, who also worked at Tesla and Volvo, will replace Phil Pophem as director of the Norfolk company.
Lotus Cars’ current CTO Matt Windl has been named the firm’s new managing director, replacing Phil Popham. Windle will immediately take up her new duties, and Popham will remain with the company until the end of March to assist with the transition. Popham decided to leave his position to pursue personal projects. The industry veteran has been at the helm of Lotus since 2018 and has played a key role in restructuring the business after it came under the control of Chinese auto giant Geely.
Windl, 49, has been Lotus’s chief engineering officer since joining the company in 2017, responsible for the company’s engineering department and the expansion of Lotus Engineering’s consulting business. Windl is also a Lotus veteran. He first joined the company as a designer in 1998. During his career, he has also worked for Caterham, Tesla and Volvo.
“I am honored to be the appointed Managing Director of Lotus. Of the many manufacturers I have worked with over the years, Lotus is the closest thing to me. This has been the most exciting period of my career since 2018, and the scale of the global opportunity that lies ahead of us is both inspiring and overwhelming, ”Windle said.
As the new head of Lotus, Windle will be responsible for rethinking the brand with an all-new lineup, starting with the Evija electric hypercar. The current Elise, Exige and Evora models will be phased out this year and replaced with a new vehicle, codenamed Type 131, next year. The company is also developing its first SUV and is working with Alpine on a joint electric sports car project.
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