Spykar appoints ex-Aston Martin U.S. chief image

The Dutch sports car manufacturer Spyker has hired ex-Aston Martin U.S. boss John Walton as the company’s chief commercial officer and head of Americas unit.

John Walton, 53, is all set to take this position on immediate basis and will report to Victor Muller, the CEO of Spyker. By becoming the vice president of Aston Martin in North America, Walton has witnessed the sales growth of its company from 200 cars in 2001 to more than 2,400 cars in 2007, setting a most successful benchmark for the company.

He also played a key role in launching DB7 grand tourer that brought a revolution in the market, bringing more fortunes for Aston Martin. When asked Muller he said that he first met John Walton 16 years ago at Aston Martin and had wished to get him onboard right since the establishment of Spyker.

Walton began his career in automotives by working with Ford Motor Co. in the year 1980 and then his journey attained some senior positions after working with automotive suppliers Unipart and Rossion Automotive. Later his career gained momentum when he joined Aston Martin as general manager. He took up responsibility for distribution and automotive parts and then shifted to sales where he handles several positions and looked after North American, European and Middle East sales.