Martin Leach, British automotive executive, Died at 59


Martin Leach was born in 1957, and died on November 1, 2016.

He was a British businessman and engineer and the President of NEXTEV.

His company was a startup technology company specialised in designing and developing high-performance electric vehicles.

He had an automotive career spanning more than 40 years.

Martin has led car and truck organisations and OEMs in Europe, US and China.

He started as a karting racer when he was 11 years old and turning professional at age 14, Leach had a successful career as a professional racer in Karts and Cars achieving numerous champion titles in Europe and participating in F1 test races.

Leach was a qualified and certified engineer and was involved in more than 250 product programs.

Over the period of his career Leach was involved in operations and financial management, product creation and development, start ups, mergers and acquisitions and turnarounds as well as all parts of the Automotive Industry Value Chain.

Martin’s career focus beyond product and business leadership was process quality management.

He was a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, educated at Duke University and INSEAD he was awarded a Doctor of Science from the University of Hertfordshire in 2000.

He was the chairman of LDV Limited in the UK, in 2006, and in 2008 the Vice Chairman of Ferronordic Group Volvo Construction Equipment, 2014 the Board Advisor of Nokia Here and Chairman of Forward Composites.

During 2000 he was Podium at the Vallelunga 6 Hours.

He was Podium at the Vallelunga 6 Hours, in 2000

He died due to cancer.

Martin Leach passed away at 59 years old.