Director of Purchasing
Jaguar Land Rover
Ian Harnett was appointed Director of Purchasing, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in August 2009.
Previously, Harnett was responsible for establishment of the new Strategic Business Office at Jaguar Land Rover, as well as heading the Transition Team as Jaguar Land Rover was divested from Ford Motor Company.
Harnett joined British Leyland in 1982 starting in the Purchasing Department at Longbridge and spent the next 25 years in various Purchasing/Project roles - including assignments with subsequent owners of Rover Group. For a number of years Harnett was responsible for Honda contracts and later headed a joint Purchasing team in BMW/Rover. In July 2000 Harnett lead the Land Rover Purchasing team out of BMW ownership following the Ford acquisition.
During his time within the Ford organization, Harnett spent three years based in Cologne, Germany managing the Chassis and Raw Materials Purchasing team for Ford of Europe, Volvo and JLR.
Harnett has a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Economics and Management from Cardiff University and a Diploma in IT from Warwick University.