IOD Director of the Year Awards

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Dr Andy Palmer profile




President and CEO
Aston Martin Lagonda

Andy started his professional career in 1979 as an apprentice at Automotive Products Limited (UK) and now leads this prestigious car maker as President and Chief Executive Officer. He joined Aston Martin in 2014 to oversee a turnaround of the iconic brand, implementing new governance structures, resulting in a swing to a pre-tax profit of £87m in 2017 from a loss of £163m the year before, reversing eight years of losses.

Andy is also the Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Productivity and Skills Commission, which has been set the task of understanding the true extent of the productivity challenge in the West Midlands, identifying the component causes and making recommendations to address the issues identified.




From their humble origins to today, on road and track the irresistible draw of an Aston Martin endures. People all over the world seek their beautifully designed cars; cars that have always been synonymous with high performance, bespoke craftsmanship, technological innovation and timeless style.


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