Saving Jaguar

Saving Jaguar

by John Egan


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This book tells the story of how John Egan gradually overcame the odds and, piece by piece, rebuilt this great company. winning over the workforce, the overseas dealers, and most importantly, the customers.

Working with Margaret Thatcher and her Government, Egan and his team of managers overcame every obstacle. It often looked impossible, but by using innovative techniques, intelligence, eloquence, openness, and much more, they saved the company that had created some of the finest cars of all time.

It is an amazing story that will appeal equally to car enthusiasts, those in business, and readers interested in social history.     

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781907085741
Publisher: Porter Press
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Sir John Egan has enjoyed a long and highly distinguished business career. After studying petroleum engineering at Imperial College, he was employed by Shell in the Middle East. Following time at London Business School, he joined AC Delco, a General Motors company. He then moved to British Leyland where he helped to set up and ran Unipart, a uniquely successful operation within BL. Four years with Massey-Ferguson in Canada followed before Sir Michael Edwardes encouraged him back to Coventry to try and save Jaguar. Ten years later, he reluctantly sold the company to Ford but achieved a price of £1.6 billion ($2.5 billion). He was Chief Executive of British Airports Authority from 1990 until 1999 and headed up the construction industry task force, producing the Egan Report, Rethinking Construction, in 1998 and Accelerating Change in 2002. He served as President of the CBI from that date until 2004 when he became Chairman of Severn Trent. Among many other roles, he was Chairman of Inchcape plc, Chairman, and later President, of the London Tourist Board, President of the Institute of Management and is Chancellor of Coventry University. He was knighted in 1986.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 7

1 The End 10

2 Before the beginning 14

3 My introduction to BL 28

4 The beginning 44

5 First Steps 54

6 Quality 68

7 The turnaround survival plan 82

8 The turnaround 90

9 Dilemma 104

10 Privatisation 114

11 Privatisation brings solutions… and new battlefields 126

12 A going concern, but with some peril 142

13 The XJ40 150

14 Working with government, looking for friends - and 'TQM' 164

15 Racing 174

16 Philosophy, leadership and management process 194

17 The Ford takeover 206

Postscript 216

Index 222

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