Houghton-Berry will report directly to Paul Willis, Rover Cars' managing director, who welcomed him, saying he was joining 'at a time when we have great opportunities ahead of us with the full range of Rover 75, 45 and 25 available in the market place'. Willis and Houghton-Berry previously worked together at Mazda.
'I am encouraged with what I have to work with,' said Houghton-Berry. 'The 25, 45 and 75 have been well received, and I am fortunate to have inherited a top team. It just needs the time and effort to get the show back on the road.' Mazda has not yet appointed a replacement.