THERE’S a new President of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Dr George Gillespie OBE, Executive Vice President, HORIBA Automotive Test Systems (ATS) will be the SMMT’s 81st President.
The announcement was made at the SMMT’s Annual Dinner (November 27, 2018).
Dr Gillespie takes office from January 01, 2019. He replaces Tony Walker CBE DL, Managing Director, Toyota Motor Europe – London Office, who steps down after two years in the post.
Dr Gillespie has some 25 years’ international experience in the automotive and marine sectors, having previously held senior roles with Ricardo plc and Schenck AG. He joined MIRA in 2009 as CEO, growing the business internationally and leading its sale in 2015 to HORIBA Japan. Today, HORIBA MIRA is one of the leading global providers of engineering, research, development and testing services to the automotive industry.
In addition to his work as head of the company’s Automotive Test Systems division, Dr Gillespie is Chair of the Intelligent Connected Vehicles Group within the Automotive Council, where he leads activities relating to intelligent and connected vehicles. He has a PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast, for research into low emission engines and is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
Dr George Gillespie OBE said:
“I am extremely honoured to accept the appointment as President of SMMT. It is a pivotal time in our industry to be taking on this role – not only is the global automotive industry undergoing huge amounts of technological change but we have the unique challenges of Brexit and improving air quality to address at the same time. My priority will be to support the excellent team here at SMMT, ensuring we continue to lead at the forefront of the industry on all of these challenges and opportunities.”