David King – Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer. President of Aston Martin Racing.

Thursday 24th May 2018, 7:30 am, SSE SWALEC Stadium

David has been working in the automotive industry for over 30 years. He joined Aston Martin in 1999 as a Project Manager, leading the early engineering studies of Aston Martin’s revolutionary VH architecture and the concept designs of what were to become both the DB9, launched in 2004 and the V8 Vantage, launched in 2005.

Following this, he stepped into a non-technical role as Head of Product Communications and Motorsport for three years. He went on to become Director of Special Projects and Motorsport in 2008, where he has since grown an operation that is now a key part of Aston Martin’s Second Century plan; Special Operations.

David began his career in the automotive industry as a graduate at Jaguar in 1986, becoming Programme Manager in 1991 when he oversaw the application of the V12 powertrain into the Jaguar XJ6. In 1995, with both Jaguar and Aston Martin under Ford ownership, David provided development and engineering expertise to the Aston Martin DB7 project and led to him joining the company on a permanent basis in 1999.

David was active in motorsport as both a rally driver and navigator in his twenties, and retains a passion for both rallying and racing.

David graduated from Loughborough University in 1986 with a degree in Automotive Engineering. He is also a keen cricket enthusiast and a Director of the Oxfordshire Cricket Board.

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