Aston Martin creates CFO role to drive growth

Rolls Royce director of finance and IT Hanno Kirner must be a happy man this week, joining Aston Martin as CFO – a newly created role in one of the UK’s most iconic businesses.

Aged 39, Kirner will report to Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez and will join the British marque’s executive board of management. He leaves Rolls Royce after five years in the finance job through which he was also on the board of directors.

The company declined to confirm whether incumbent FD David Hunsley had been in line for the CFO role, but confirmed that he will report into Kirner.

Aston Martin’s spokesperson told Financial Director that the CFO role has been created to reflect the growth it expects to see in 2011 and beyond, some four years after its former owner Ford sold it to a UK-based investment consortium.

Dr Ulrich Bez commented: “Hanno brings a broad range of experience at a global level in the luxury automotive industry and I am very pleased to welcome him to Aston Martin. Hanno will play a key role in helping us to continue to build and grow a strong, global and independent Aston Martin business in the future.”

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