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Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., a British automaker that has its Americas region headquarters in Irvine, hired Laura Schwab to run its operations here.

Schwab will take on the role of president effective Oct. 26. She was most recently director of marketing for Jaguar Land Rover in the U.K.

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Schwab replaces Julian Jenkins, who last month joined Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in the U.K. as the general manager of global business development.

Ford Motor Co. sold a majority stake in Aston Martin for $848 million in 2007, to a group of investors, including racing mogul David Richards, car collector John Sinders and two Kuwaiti firms: Investment Dar and Adeem Investment Co.

London-based investment firm Investindustrial in 2012 bought a 37.5% stake in the ultra-luxury automaker made famous in James Bond movies.