Bhatia will report to president and group CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, and will join on 20 April 2020. As an interim appointment, he will not be joining the Board.
Bhatia, a chartered accountant, trained with Deloitte and has more than 30 years of experience in finance and management, spanning various blue chip organisations, and notably previously held the position of Interim CFO at Aston Martin Lagonda from January to August 2015 prior to Mark Wilson joining the business.
Palmer said: “I’m pleased to welcome Vikram back to Aston Martin Lagonda as Interim Chief Financial Officer at this challenging but critical time for the business. Vikram will work with the strong finance leadership team, ensuring a smooth transition allowing us to provide Aston Martin Lagonda with a sustainable platform for the future.”
Current CFO Mark Wilson will be stepping down as CFO and executive director of the company no later than 30 April 2020. Palmer added: “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Mark for his hard work, personal commitment and dedication to Aston Martin Lagonda in the past five years.”
Aston Martin also revealed that Paul Hancock, director of finance, has been appointed deputy CFO and joined the executive committee to “maintain business continuity and support” for the Interim CFO.