Former Aston Martin president and chief government Dr Andy Palmer has joined UK bus producer Optare as its new president.

Palmer, whose departure from struggling sports car maker Aston Martin was confirmed back in May, takes over from John Fickling on the electrical bus maker, which is owned by India’s Ashok Leyland.

Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers set to turn out to be Aston Martin CEO on August 1.

Palmer, in the meantime, is about to construct on his relationship with Optare’s guardian, Ashok Leyland, the place he has been a non-executive member of the Board since 2015.

In an official assertion associated to his transfer, Palmer mentioned: “I’m excited to be becoming a member of Optare at a pivotal second in its improvement.

“Now we have formidable plans to leverage the corporate’s technological management in constructing a worldwide zero emissions resolution platform that may carry long-term worth to all stakeholders.”

Palmer joined Aston Martin as chief government in 2014 from Nissan and oversaw a revival on the firm that was near chapter.

Within the two years since its preliminary public offering in 2018 the enterprise has suffered financially, nonetheless, with its share costs falling by greater than 90%.

The group recorded a £120m loss within the first three months of this 12 months, with turnover declining by 60% to £78.6m.

Hopes of Aston Martin’s future success have been pinned on the success of the brand’s debut SUV, the DBX, which is now being inbuilt a purpose-built manufacturing facility in St Athan, South Wales, and its new vary of mid-engined supercars.

The model’s change of emphasis is a part of a plan for a “fundamental reset” for the business laid out by its executive chairman, Canadian Billionaire and Formula One team boss Lawrence Stroll, on June 4.

Aston Martin’s plan consists of the axing of 500 jobs as a part of a restructure of its operations designed to avoid wasting £10 million annually.