The London Taxi Company strengthens its management team ahead of new electric taxi launch

  • Chris Gubbey appointed as CEO of the London Taxi Company as of 1st July, 2016
  • Peter Johansen takes on new role as President of the London Taxi Company

Today the London Taxi Company (LTC) announces changes to strengthen its senior management team ahead of the launch of its all new electric taxi in 2017. 

Having successfully lead the company out of administration in 2013 and secured a £300m investment from parent company Geely, Peter Johansen is stepping back from daily management duties to focus on his new role as President of the London Taxi Company.

Chris Gubbey will join the London Taxi Company on 1st May 2016, and will assume full management responsibilities as CEO of the London Taxi Company on 1st July, 2016. Chris brings with him decades of automotive experience gained from senior management positions he’s held at Vauxhall in the UK, where he was Manufacturing Director, as well as senior leadership roles at General Motors in China, Germany and Russia. Chris has also held roles at Ford, Toyota and GKN. Most recently Chris has been the CEO of Brilliance Auto Group in China.

Peter’s new role will allow him to focus on senior level advocacy and business development in order to maintain the high profile the company has built up under his leadership since 2013. Peter remains a company Director.

Both Chris and Peter will report to the Chairman of the London Taxi Company, Carl-Peter Forster.

The changes will strengthen the company at a time when it is delivering a £300m investment programme that includes the creation of a brand new research, development and production facility in Ansty, Coventry, which will be complete in 2016.  The development is the first new car plant to be built in the UK for over a decade and will focus entirely on the development and production of battery electric commercial vehicles. 


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About the London Taxi Company

The London Taxi Company (LTC) has a long and proud history of producing purpose built taxis designed to meet London’s Conditions of Fitness (CoF). Since the original Hackney Carriage the vehicle has gone through several development cycles to improve driver and passenger experience.

The company is committed to customer care and continuous improvements in accessibility, comfort, emissions performance, manoeuvrability and durability of its vehicles without compromising its famous shape and brand. LTC are proud to serve the world famous London taxi trade which has been the foundation for developing a presence in other UK regions and export markets.

Outside the UK the London Black Cab is now being utilised in over 40 major cities worldwide. The next investment cycle will see the company develop and produce a purpose built ultra low emission taxi capable of meeting new ambitious emissions standards being rolled out in major cities across Europe, including London.

 LTC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. The London taxi is currently manufactured in Coventry and manufactured under license in Shanghai by its sister company Shanghai London Taxi International, with a flagship dealership in London and centres in Manchester, Coventry and Edinburgh supported through a UK and international service centre network.  The London Taxi Company is the trading name of The London Taxi Corporation Limited. 

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