Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) strengthens its leadership team with the appointment of automotive industry veteran, Jean-Marc Gales, as Chairman of the Board.

Jean-Marc will work closely with the WAE Board and CEO Craig Wilson, who has led WAE for seven years, to develop the future direction and growth of this leading technology and engineering business.

In a distinguished 30 year career in the automotive industry, Jean-Marc Gales led the turnaround of Lotus as CEO and was a former CEO of Peugeot and Citroen. He also held senior executive positions at Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen.  

He was CEO of CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, and has been a senior advisor to Geely. 

He is a non-executive Director of EuroGroup S.p.A, global leader in rotors and stators for electric motors, LuxProvide, which installs and operates the Luxembourg super computer and is a member of the International Advisory Board of Tikehau Capital T2 Energy Transition Fund.  An engineer by profession Jean-Marc has an MBA from Imperial College, London.

Jean-Marc Gales commented: “I have long admired Williams Advanced Engineering and the unique expertise in efficient electrification that it delivers for its clients. The business has built a strong platform and now, with the new ownership structure and support of EMK Capital, I look forward to working closely with the Board and Craig to develop the full potential of this great business.” 

About Williams Advanced Engineering

Williams Advanced Engineering Limited is a world-leading technology and engineering services business delivering pioneering innovation to improve performance, efficiency and sustainability to a global customer base. 

Combining cutting-edge technological advances and the industry’s best engineers with precision and speed to market derived from the ultra-competitive environment of motorsport, Williams Advanced Engineering’s capabilities cover a wide range of disciplines.

The company provides ground-breaking innovation covering electrification, lightweighting, systems and whole product development, all aided by advanced simulation, rapid prototype manufacturing, testing, and in close collaboration with our customers, Williams Advanced Engineering is committed to meeting the continued sustainability challenges of the 21st Century.

The company can trace its foundations back to 2010 when Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited began diversifying its operations; a division which later became Williams Advanced Engineering Limited. In December 2019, Williams Grand Prix Engineering sold a majority equity stake in Williams Advanced Engineering to EMK Capital. 

Williams Advanced Engineering has grown from an embryonic business in 2010 to a company employing 350 people engaged in leading-edge and transformative technologies for a growing list of clients. The investment by EMK represented a natural next step in the evolution of the company, unlocking the potential for further growth. 

The Company was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2018.