New boss for Caterham Cars

Ansar Ali has left his role as CEO of Caterham Cars, to be replaced by Graham Macdonald, the company's former CFO.

Ali, a former Lotus man, has been at the head of the British sports car manufacturer since forming part of a management buy-in to take over the company from the founding Nearn family in 2005.

Now, a year or so on from the company's takeover by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes, Ali is moving on by 'mutual consent'.

Tony Fernandes, Caterham Group Chairman, said: "I want to take this chance to thank Ansar for everything he has done for the Caterham brand over many years. Without his leadership Caterham Cars would not be the world renowned, profitable business it is today and we would almost certainly not be working under the Caterham name if he had not initiated the discussions with us that led to the enviable position Caterham finds itself in today."

And it is quite a different position. Ali leaves Caterham a more engineering-focused car maker, with new metal in the form of the SP300 R track car, an all-new road car on the way in a year or two and even plans to make a foray into the world of karting.

And there's also the not-insignificant matter of the company now being part of the wider Caterham group, a conglomerate that includes the Caterham F1 Team, Caterham Composites and CTI (Caterham Technology & Innovation).

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  • sdd 30 Jun 2012

    Beefmeister said:
    Heading back to Lotus?
    Hopefully, I think he did a very good job there, if he can go back and get them to refocus on real world lightweight cars like the Elise and Exige and maybe limit the ludicrous Bahar plans to an Esprit then so much the better.


  • sdd 30 Jun 2012

    Gorbyrev said:
    Would love to know why Ansar chose an R400 over the 300 and the 500.
    Faster than a 300 and more reliable than a 500....................

  • kamilb1998 26 Jun 2012

    I'm in the same class as one of Ansar's daughters, and have seen him around the school sometimes yet I have never spoken to him. Anyway, I hope that whatever he does in the future works out well for him.

  • Gorbyrev 22 Jun 2012

    Would love to know why Ansar chose an R400 over the 300 and the 500.

  • PeteFf 21 Jun 2012

    darth_pies said:
    Except Ansar has never been MD of Lotus (he was general manager) and you've left out the 6 year period where he bought Caterham Cars with VC backing and rescued it from the twin threats of Rover's demise (they lost their engine supplier overnight) and safety legislation as well as producing great (and profitable) stuff like the new R500.
    Was he really backed by the Viet Cong ?

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