Dr Andy Palmer, CMG, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin. He joined the business on October 1, 2014.
Dr Palmer is a British-born chartered engineer, chartered manager and businessman with 37 years of automotive industry experience. Prior to joining Aston Martin, he held the post of Chief Planning Officer at Nissan Motor Co and was a member of the Nissan Executive Committee. He held a number of senior roles at Nissan over 23 years, including in corporate planning, product planning, marketing, sales & IT leadership and was Chairman of their luxury marque Infiniti from 2011 onwards.
Dr Palmer started his professional career in 1979 aged 16, as an apprentice at Automotive Products Limited (UK), following which he spent six years with Austin Rover and then moved to Nissan.
Following his apprenticeship Dr Palmer graduated from Warwick University with a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Product Engineering in 1990 and acquired a Doctorate (PhD) in Management from Cranfield University in 2004. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
In 2010, Coventry University awarded Dr Palmer an Honorary Doctorate of Technology and in 2014 he was appointed as a Professor, advising the university in the automotive field. He also holds the position of an Industrial Professor at Warwick University (2015), a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute CCMI (2015) and the first winner of the Cranfield University “The Distinguished Manufacturing Alumnus/a of the Year Award” (2016).
He advises the government in a number of areas such exports as an ambassador for the highly successful GREAT Britain campaign. In 2016 he was asked to be an advisor to the Prime Minister in the area of Skills and Apprenticeships.
In the 2014 New Year’s Honours list, Dr Palmer was named a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in recognition of services to the British automotive industry.