Rui Zhu has moved from his position as supply chain director of Asia Pacific at parts maker Lear Corporation, to take up a new role as senior director of supply chain at Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive, the 50:50 joint venture established last year between Chery Automobile and Jaguar Land Rover.

In his new role Rui is will oversee material planning and logistics for complete knockdown (CKD) assembly and local content. He will also be responsible for aftersales parts distribution centre management, and management of vehicle distribution to dealers.

“I joined as senior supply chain director to take on the challenges of establishing the team, process and supply networks,” he said.

From November next year the joint venture will produce Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, as well as a new joint venture brand to be announced. The production plant is based in Changshu city in Jiangshu Province.

Rui has 17 years of experience in materials, logistics and production control management, working with OEMs such as BMW-Brilliance and Jinbei General Motors, and with Delphi Packard before his previous role with Lear.