Queen Elizabeth II Confers a Knighthood on Land Rover Design Chief Gerry McGovern

By the grace of Her Majesty, Gerry McGovern has become an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

The British Royal Family has published the traditional New Year's Honors List. This year, Queen Elizabeth II conferred a knighthood on 1097 British nationals, 229 of them became new OBEs, and only one in a thousand was a representative of the automotive industry.

Sir Gerry McGovern Sir Gerry McGovern

Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern has been working in the company for fifteen years. All Range Rover models, including the latest Discovery and the reborn Defender, were created under his leadership at JLR. It was the Defender that made Gerry McGovern a national hero and helped him to get an honorary title. From now on, he is officially called Sir Gerry McGovern and belongs to the OBE. It is the latest of ten orders in the British Honours System.

The current 10 orders of chivalry:

  • The Most Noble Order of the Garter
  • The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle
  • The Most Honourable Order of the Bath
  • The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George
  • The Distinguished Service Order
  • The Royal Victorian Order
  • The Order of Merit
  • The Imperial Service Order
  • The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • The Order of the Companions of Honour

Jerry McGovern turned 63 this year, and he devoted his profession to most of his life — more than 40 years. At the beginning of his career, McGovern worked for Chrysler and Austin Rover Group.

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