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24 September 2013 | Will Green
The Labour Party has commissioned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) executive director Mike Wright to review Britain’s manufacturing supply chains.
Wright, who joined Rover Triumph in 1975, has experience in a number of fields across the business including supply chains and government affairs.
The announcement about the appointment was made by shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna at the Labour Party conference yesterday.
“I believe society and business depend on each other and that's why I'm delighted that Mike Wright of Jaguar Land Rover, a real British success story, is leading this review into manufacturing supply chains,” he said. “It is here that so much of the added value in the manufacturing process lies. And more added value means more decent jobs."
Wright said: “Building on my experience as executive director at Jaguar Land Rover, I have been invited to produce an independent report to look at ways to support innovative, high value and high technology manufacturing and related industries in the UK.
"A credible and long-term industrial strategy is important for the ongoing health of the UK manufacturing base and the wider UK economy.
“We must continue to build on the progress made over recent years and I have been particularly pleased that all the main parties have understood that the strategy for a successful industrial policy goes beyond electoral cycles and often across political boundaries.”
A spokeswoman for JLR said the report would be independent and undertaken in his own time. “He has been heavily involved in a number of initiatives including ones that have touched on supply chains. He is certainly experienced in this field. He looks after a number of functions including government affairs.”
Wright was one of the executives responsible for leading the transition of the business after Tata acquired it from Ford in 2008.