The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has named Alison Jones as its 82nd president.
Jones is senior vice president and Stellantis country manager UK for Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth, Jeep and Alfa Romeo.
She was previously SMMT vice president and replaces Dr George Gillespie OBE, chairman, HORI-BA MIRA, becoming SMMT’s first female president.
‘I am proud to be appointed the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) president in 2022,’ said Jones.’It continues to be pivotal and exciting times for our industry as we drive techno-logical developments and customer experiences, respond to regulatory changes, and adapt to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and post-Brexit world.’
‘I’m delighted to welcome Alison to the role of SMMT president as its first female custodian,’ added Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘Her many decades of automotive industry experience will be vital as the sector navigates a path to recovery from the pandemic while at the same time dealing with the rapid shift to electrification and global supply chain challenges. The fact that she is the first female president after 120 years is significant but indicative of just how much more we need to do to improve the diversity of our sector.’
This story uses material from the SMMT; with editorial changes made by Materials Today.