Dr Andy Palmer, CMG, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin. He joined the business on October 1 2014.
Palmer is a British-born chartered engineer, chartered manager and businessman with 38 years of automotive industry experience. He is an indentured apprentice and 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 a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In 2010, Coventry University awarded Palmer an Honorary Doctorate of Technology and in 2014 he was appointed Professor, advising the university in the automotive field. Palmer is also 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)
Prior to joining Aston Martin, Palmer 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 positions with the Japanese car manufacturer over the course of a 23-year career with the firm. These roles included corporate planning, product planning, marketing, sales & IT leadership and Chairman of Infiniti from 2011.
Palmer started his professional career in 1979 aged 16, as an apprentice at Automotive Products Limited (UK). After six years with Austin Rover, he joined Nissan.
In the 2014 New Year’s Honours list Palmer was named a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in recognition of services to the British automotive industry.
Born in June 1963 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Palmer is married and has four children.
After completion of his first 150 days as Chief Operating Officer of Aston Martin, Palmer announced the company’s six year ‘Second Century’ plan. A comprehensive strategy for the transformation and growth of Aston Martin, the plan laid out a series of mid-term actions, particularly in the area of new product development that will drive the growth of the company. The plan will see the entire range of current models replaced and expanded with the introduction of a new car every nine months through 2020. The first car to be launched from the ‘Second Century’ plan, the DB11, was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva motor show. In addition to the new product plan, Palmer has secured new investment for the company, announced a second manufacturing facility at St Athan in Wales to build a new crossover vehicle and created a breakthrough partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies that will co-create the AM-RB 001 hypercar.
Palmer has been selected as one of the 37 ambassadors for the GREAT Britain campaign appointed by 10 Downing Street (2016). His career is also a case study for the Governments Apprenticeship Delivery Board (ADB), show casing career progression from an apprenticeship (2016).
In his spare time, Palmer loves to race Aston Martins, and drive / ride his classic 1980 Vantage V8 or BMW K1600 motorbike.