Jaguar Land Rover Said to Move China Head to Lead Europe

Jaguar Land Rover will move its head of China operations to lead its European unit, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The luxury unit of Tata Motors Ltd. is looking for a replacement for Bob Grace, who is moving after spending the past five years in China, according to the person, who asked not to be named discussing information before it’s public.

“Jaguar Land Rover policy for overseas assignments is three years; Bob’s significant contribution has resulted in his assignment being extended,” the company said in an e-mailed response, without confirming Grace’s new assignment.

Jaguar Land Rover gets about a quarter of its sales from China and saw deliveries there slump 23 percent in the first five months of this year. Sales are declining despite the opening of its first Chinese plant in October, which enables the automaker to produce vehicles locally and avoid import duties.

The company’s new China chief will have to deal with slowing industrywide demand amid a prolonged government crackdown on graft and conspicuous consumption, which has hit luxury car sales and prompted steep discounting among automakers.