Former JLR executive Robert Joyce joins Automotive arm of Grant Thornton

21 November 2016 Consultancy.uk

Grant Thornton has hired formed Jaguar Land Rover Executive, Robert Joyce, as an Advisory Consultant in its Global Automotive team. Joyce brings more than 30 years of automotive industry experience to the firm, supporting clients meet with rapidly changing conditions, from digital disruption to market conditions.

Robert Joyce joined Jaguar Land Rover in 2000, starting out as a Director in Product Engineering, following the acquisition of a carve-out from BMW where Joyce worked as a Senior Vice President from 1997. In 2003 he became the Group Engineering Director and Chief Technology Officer, working on all technologies, research and technical programme support delivery, leading a team of more than 8,000 staff. In 2013, he became the Executive Director of Product Creation & Delivery and was responsible for leading 16 vehicle lines at the company, from strategy through to concept, new programme delivery, manufacturing, launch and market success. Earlier in his career, between 1987 and 1997, he worked in various roles for Rover Group, Waukesha Engineering, and the consulting arm of Ricardo AEA, where he started his career in 1979.

Joyce holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Leicester and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Warwick.

Robert Joyce - Grant Thornton

Joyce joins Grant Thornton as an Advisory Consultant in its Global Automotive team. He takes responsibility for the firm's UK business consulting team, focusing on developing relevant, progressive solutions for clients in the rapidly transforming business – including loss of capacity in the UK following Brexit, increasingly stringent compliance requirements, connected vehicle solutions, and rising automation.

Neil Barrell, Grant Thornton's Global Automotive Lead and UK Head of Industry and Manufacturing, says that the firm is “thrilled” to welcome Joyce to its team. He adds, “At Grant Thornton we are committed to providing the best quality service for our clients and recognise the need for a dynamic team with leading sector expertise to deliver this. Bob’s extensive skill-set, alongside the strong existing team we have here in the UK, will ensure we are truly able to support the automotive industry across the whole value chain.”

Commenting on his appointment, Joyce says that he is "delighted” to be working in the firm’s Business Consulting team. “The firm's dedication to quality and unlocking sustainable growth in clients has resulted in a strong market offering. I am committed to working closely with its existing team of industry experts to build on this further and ensure its success continues,” he concludes.

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