Monday, 20 August 2007

The end of the road….

Firstly I must apologize for the lack of BLOGS recently, and also for the postponement of the BLOG promising to answer all of those questions sent in by the many MG enthusiasts around the world. Two reasons for the delay, firstly the impact of the SAIC takeover is still echoing around the walls of NAC’s facilities, and has thrown conjecture and chaos into some of the future planning. The answers I had prepared seem obsolete in light of the current situation.

The second reason is as follows…

Over the past 18 months or so, my life and that of my family’s has been in the news – from breakfast with the BBC, walking along warehouses full of Longbridge history with Sky, and being interviewed by what seemed to be every news crew in the world at the opening ceremony’s in Pukou and Longbridge. The story of MG has surprised and amazed any preconceptions I had when I joined NAC, and the interest across the world has been overwhelming.

Last week, following weeks of discussions I confirmed my resignation with Mr Zhang Xin, General Manager of NAC MG. I had offered my resignation several weeks ago, and have been working with NAC to try and find a solution to the issues that have driven me away from a company, and a brand I love so dearly. However after countless nights without sleep and days with mixed emotions I feel that I can no longer continue in my position as NAC MG’s Quality Director.

I would like to use this opportunity to thank all of you out there who have sent me messages of support, and advice – as well as those who have offered often conflicting views – they always help to keep your feet on the ground!

I would also like to wish the very best of luck to those who will continue to try and keep a little bit of history, respect and decorum for this historical brand.

I hope that some of the people I have met along the way, will keep in touch and maybe even continue to follow my exploits as I carry on my enormous adventure working in China – albeit not for the company that brought me here! I have met many interesting,intelligent and observant people along this journey, I hope that those friends I have made continue to keep in touch.

I will write a more explanatory reason of why I have decided to leave when it becomes more appropriate. For now I just wanted to let those of you who have taken the time to read my BLOG (even with the spelling and punctuation mistakes!), be the first to hear this news.

Best Regards and Good Luck.

Paul

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good luck in your new endeavours. Your blog has been a constant source of interest and insight into the growth of a major automobile market.

Anonymous said...

Paul, I wish you well, and want to say how much we have appreciated your updates over on macdroitwich.com

Of course, there is an upside - you are now free to tell us where the bodies are buried at Longbridge; the true inside story of what happened in the dying days of MG Rover is still begging to be told!

www.macdroitwich.com

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear the news, but not surprised given recent events.

Good luck in your new endeavors.

www.xpower-mg.com

gt said...

Paul, many thanks for your input to date, it has been simply amazing!

Best of luck in the future with whatever you decide to do, I am sure you will be a credit to them as you have been to MG.

charlie said...

Good luck on whatever you have planned next.
I do hope your blogs will continue (even if they will lack the MG content).

Arnaud said...

Paul,

I'm surprise by your resignation. After the "takeover" from SAIC and now seeing an MG enthusiast leaving the company makes me wonder about the future of the brand... but for now I wish you well and hope to see some future entries in this blog.

Again and I think on behalf of the French MG forum, we wish you well and we will always be grateful for the time taken to answer our questions during the long interview we've made some months ago.

Merci encore et bon courage !

Arnaud

Jack Yan said...

Paul, I quite understand the pressures you were under, and a state enterprise does have its quirks, shall we say. My best wishes to you for your future.

Anonymous said...

Paul,I was shocked by your leaving, just cant believe what happened in these 2 days...

Anyway, best wishes to you and your family, hope to see again some day.

Good Luck! I will focus on your blog.

LXD

LXD said...

Paul,I was shocked by your leaving, just cant believe what happened in these 2 days...

Anyway, best wishes to you and your family, hope to see again some day.

Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

Stinking SAIC finally get their filthy hands on MG, I dont beleive it. I wish someone British would have bought MG Rover. So sad....

Darryl said...

Hi Paul,

Sorry to hear that you have decided to call it a day, but after our brief chats in Nanjing I am not surprised. So, all the best for the future mate and keep in touch.

Darryl

Darryl said...

Hi Paul,

Sorry to hear that you have decided to call it a day, but after our brief chats in Nanjing I am not surprised. So, all the best for the future mate and keep in touch.

Darryl

themgtist said...

Hello Mr Paul, i'm a MG'S drivers, ad i'm so funny to see that a boss have a blog.
I'm waiting to see the LE 500 on the road. If you see my MG'S and my action on my mgccb club, you can go to see on themgtist.skyblog.com.
GOOGLUCK BY.

Anonymous said...

www.themgtist.skyblog.com you can go to it to see my action for MG'S CARS IN fRANCE AS ARNAUD MGCONTACT, and i'm MGCCB MEMBERS.

Alex B said...

Paul best of luck to you in the future from a Spanish MG nutter and thanks for keeping us all up-to-date on MG developments.

from a www.Brit-Cars.com member...please keep visiting us.