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JAGUAR Land Rover (JLR) Australia managing director Matthew Wiesner has made a shock departure from the company this week.

On the prowl: Matthew Wiesner has left the position of Jaguar Land Rover managing director after over three years in the top job.

A spokesperson has told GoAuto that Mr Wiesner announced his resignation, with immediate effect, on Monday, May 14, and that finance director Janet Perich would take over his responsibilities until a replacement is found.

Mr Wiesner has been in the role since March 2015, stepping up from his previous position as sales operations director.

Prior to joining JLR Australia, Mr Wiesner also served as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia chief operating officer and director of sales for four months ending in August 2013, and also spearheaded the launch of the Skoda marque in 2007 as the Czech brand’s director.

Mr Wiesner’s next move is a mystery, but JLR Australia is currently undergoing a formal recruitment process to find his successor.

Ms Perich has spent nearly nine years as JLR Australia finance director and joined the premium manufacturer in 2007 in a secondment position from Ford, where she served as purchasing controller for five years.

Under Mr Wiesner’s leadership, Jaguar grew its year-end sales from 1292 in 2015 to 2483 last year, largely thanks to the introduction of the F-Pace mid-size SUV.

Land Rover has similarly increased its market presence, swelling its numbers from 11,885 in 2015 to 13,112 to the end of 2017.

By Tung Nguyen