It’s been interesting (and more than just a little bit sad) to observe the movements of some of the people I used to work with at Saab. Many of them are still looking for new jobs but I’ve been pleased to hear about others who have landed good positions at other car companies, or other automotive-related companies.
One of the guys I met a number of times, but didn’t get the chance to work with closely, was a guy named Peter Dörrich. Peter was the guy you can say thankyou to if you own the very rare Saab 9-4x. GM moved him to the US a few years ago, where he led the team developing both the 9-4x and the Cadillac SRX. He also led the team that developed the Saab 9-2x a few years before that.
Last year, Peter was the recipient of a national managerial award in Sweden, voted for by all members of Unionen, one of the biggest unions in Sweden. I already knew that Peter was one of the most popular guys at Saab but that award showed just how highly he was respected within the whole of Sweden.
Today, Peter’s name popped up in my news feeds. It turns out he’s just been hired by Rolls Royce.
When I first read the headline I was hoping we might see a night panel button on the next Phantom Drophead Coupe. Alas, Peter’s joined the other Rolls Royce’s Marine division, where he’ll be the ‘SVP Global Engineering Services’. Sounds like a fitting title and the maritime world is better for his appointment.
It’s always nice to hear of people you like landing on their feet again. Some of the people I worked next to at Saab have landed at Volvo, of course, but we’ve also got people at Jaguar LandRover, Ikea, PoleStar, GM, Ford and other prominent companies within Scandinavia and around the world.
For those former colleagues who haven’t landed something yet, I hope your fortunes change for the better soon. Maybe they’ll change if there’s a good purchaser for Saab announced in coming days/weeks.
For now, though, congratulations to Peter.