SMMT announces change at the top

Mike Hawes to join as Chief Executive in the autumn

Published:  06 June, 2013

THE Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the organisation representing the UK automotive industry, has announced that Michael Hawes will be joining as its new Chief Executive in the early Autumn.

Mr. Hawes will lead the executive team that will promote the interests of the UK motor industry. He will also ensure the SMMT delivers stronger representation and engagement with all its stakeholders and help accelerate growth of the two key subsidiary companies: SMMT Industry Forum Limited and Motor Codes Limited.

"I am very proud to be joining the SMMT as its new Chief Executive", said Mike Hawes. "The SMMT is a highly respected and influential trade association, valued by all stakeholders. My role will be to build on this reputation and grow the value and range of services provided to our members. There is a strong organisation in place and I look forward to working with SMMT employees, as well as our partners and European colleagues, as the industry continues to develop."

Mr. Hawes has more than 20 years' experience in policy and public affairs, the majority of which has been spent in the motor industry. He joins SMMT from Bentley Motors where he held a number of  roles. He previously worked for Toyota and, more recently, Bentley's parent company, Volkswagen AG.

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