IAAF Chief Exec to retire

Brian Spratt to step down next year

Brian Spratt

Published:  07 June, 2013

BRIAN Spratt, the IAAF's chief executive for the past 14 years, is to retire from his position in June 2014.

Mr Spratt joined the IAAF in 1992 - then known as the Automotive Distribution Federation - as trade secretary having previously worked in the photographic, furniture, commercial vehicle and automotive industries, occupying various roles in sales and management.

In 1999 he became IAAF chief executive where he has overseen a number of changes and developments and played an instrumental role in ensuring the trade association continues to focus on strengthening, securing and promoting the future of the independent aftermarket, while at the same time the industry itself undergoes its own evolution.

More recently, Mr Spratt has positioned the IAAF to take the lead on highlighting to consumers the facts on car servicing and repair and the responsibilities of the supply chain to ensure the trade's credibility and integrity is maintained as part of the Right2Choose campaign.

Graham Knight, IAAF president, said: "The automotive aftermarket has changed so much since Brian joined the trade and subsequently IAAF so many years ago. But, throughout these changes, the IAAF, under Brian's stewardship, has always maintained a position of authority in periods of transition, evolution and even crisis within the trade. Brian and the IAAF team have often been the unsung heroes of the aftermarket, always in the trade's corner and championing its efforts to all that will listen. The search for Brian's successor has begun and we look forward as an organisation to continuing the good work Brian has put in over the past 21 years."

Mr Spratt added: "Much of the success of the IAAF has been as a result of the hard work so many people have put in, from council members and presidents past and present to our very own IAAF team. There are countless people that I would like to thank for their support during my time at IAAF and I will continue to work tirelessly in the next 12 months to ensure the IAAF and automotive aftermarket is in the strongest position possible to grow and develop."

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