IAAF promotes Mike Smallbone

Published:  07 September, 2018

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation has promoted Mike Smallbone to the position of Head of Membership Development.

Mike joined the Federation in September 2015 and has been instrumental in IAAF membership recruitment, along with successfully raising the profile of IAAF’s activities at trade events and also spearheading the Your Car Your Choice campaign.

Mike has more than 35 years’ experience in the automotive industry. In his new role he  will be tasked with working closer with existing IAAF members and ensuring they benefit fully from the wide range of benefits available from the Federation.

IAAF Chief Executive Wendy Williamson, said: “Mike has been extremely effective since joining IAAF and has successfully taken our message out to new and existing members. His promotion is richly deserved and he will continue to champion the efforts of the Federation and its members in the months and years to come.”

Mike Smallbone added: “I’ve been delighted to get heavily involved in all IAAF activities and take a very strong message out to the automotive industry. I look forward to playing a key role in its future membership development.”

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