LOTUS GROUP, PLC EXECUTIVE BIOGRAPHIES
Arnie A. Johnson
President and CEO, Lotus Cars USA
Arnie Johnson was appointed President and CEO of Lotus Cars USA in 1998 after working continuously for Lotus since 1971.
Johnson is responsible for all U.S. operations and was instrumental in successfully bringing the Elise to the American market, as well as making the Esprit one of the longest-running sports cars in history.
By 1987, when Lotus Cars USA was founded, Johnson had been appointed the VicePresident of Technical Services and had held nearly every position within the company.
Johnson served his country as a Ranger in Vietnam and has an engineering background, spending time as a jet engine mechanic for Pratt & Whitney before joining Lotus. He was raised in Connecticut.
Director of Sales and Marketing, Lotus Cars USA
Mark O'Shaughnessy returned to Lotus Cars, USA as Director of Sales and Marketing in November 2003. He had been the Western Regional Manager for the company from 1988 to 1993.
Immediately prior to his current position O'Shaughnessy was with Saab, where he spent 9 years in various sales management positions including District Manager, Manager of Retail Systems, and most recently Manager of End of Term Strategies.
He has been involved in automotive sales and dealer relations for several high-end automakers including Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars and Porsche. His automotive career in retail started in San Diego, CA where he was Parts and Service Manager servicing Porsches and Ferraris
O'Shaughnessy has a M.S. degree in Management from The Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame.
Vehicle Development Manager, Lotus Cars
Nick Adams was appointed Vehicle Development Manager for Lotus Cars in 1998 and is currently the Development Manager on the U.S. spec Elise program. He first arrived at Lotus in 1986.
Adams is responsible for development, testing and approval of both the Series 2 and U.S. spec Elise. He was also responsible for the initial build of the first U.S. spec Elise test car fitted with the 2ZZ-GE engine.
His first position at Lotus was as Development Engineer, Durability/Valvetrain, Automotive Engines though he also served as the Executive Engineer for High Output Automotive Engines at Lotus Engineering, where he worked on development of the Chrysler Shelby 2.2 liter turbo engine and Chevrolet 5.7 liter LT5 engine for the ZR-1 Corvette.
Before Lotus, Adams spent eight years with Rolls Royce Aero Engines.
Senior Consultant for Vehicle Engineering, Group Lotus, PIL
Roger Becker was appointed Senior Consultant for Vehicle Engineering at Lotus Engineering in 1999. He joined Lotus in 1966.
Becker created the Vehicle Engineering Division of Lotus Engineering and was instrumental in every aspect of development of the U.S. spec Elise. He also contributed to or led the development of every Lotus road car since 1966 as well as the successful Esprit racing program of the early 1990's. Interestingly, he provided his driving skills for chase scenes featuring the Esprit S1 in the James Bond film, "The Spy Who Loved Me."
Chief Designer, Lotus Cars
Russell Carr was appointed Chief Designer of Lotus Cars in 1999. He first joined the Lotus design department in 1989.
Carr and his team at the Lotus Design Studio ensure that Colin Chapman's original vision is imbued into every distinctive Lotus vehicle design.
Among Carr's many successes at Lotus is the concept through production design of the Elise-based Lotus 340R, which debuted to rave reviews as a show car during the 1998 Birmingham Motor Show, as a production version at the 1999 Frankfurt Auto Show and rolled into dealer showrooms just nine months later as the award-winning Lotus Elise
Prior to his current position as head of the design department, Carr was involved with Lotus concept and production projects such as the Exige, Esprit, Elise GT1 Racecar, the Lotus M250, the Asia Motors KMS 2 and Neo Mattina show cars and numerous confidential projects for Lotus Engineering clients.'
Carr is a graduate of Coventry University with a degree in Transport Design.
Head of Product, Lotus Cars
Tony Shute was appointed Head of Product in 2001. He joined Lotus nearly two decades ago, initially as a member of the company's vehicle ride and handling group.
Shute has strategic responsibility for the company's long-term product portfolio and spearheads the U.S. market readiness team on the Lotus Elise introduction.
While at Lotus, Shute has also served asProduct Manager of the Lotus-based Aston Martin Vanquish program, as well as project manager for the Elise 1, Elan S2, Esprit Sport 300 and the Lotus Carlton programs.
Prior to Lotus, Shute was as a tire development engineer with Goodyear in Luxembourg.
Shute holds an advanced engineering degree from Sheffield University in the UK and is also a graduate of the General Motors Institute, Detroit, Michigan.
Director of Lotus Engineering
Simon Wood was appointed Director of Lotus Engineering in 1995. He had also been with the company from 1983 to 1992 where he held several engineering and management roles.
Wood's responsibilities include growth and expansion of engineering business into Detroit and Malaysia, offering Lotus Engineering's wealth of specialized knowledge to global automakers.
Prior to his rejoining Lotus, Wood was the Vice Technical Director at Bugatti in Modena, Italy where he was responsible f