IAAF’s Wendy Williamson to retire

Published:  19 February, 2021

IAAF Chief Executive Wendy Williamson has announced she will be retiring in August. In the seven years she has been in the role, Wendy led the IAAF through a number of changes, and also lobbied against extending the MOT frequency and new scrappage scheme proposals. She worked hard on behalf of the sector on type approval, Block Exemption and cyber security, both in the UK and throughout Europe.

She has worked in the automotive aftermarket for over 30 years, having spent much of her career in roles at Unipart. She went on to lead the SMMT’s aftermarket section, before joining the IAAF in 2014.

In the past year, she has led the IAAF’s activity during the Coronavirus pandemic, supporting aftermarket businesses whenever possible.

Commenting on the news, Wendy said: “I am so proud of what the IAAF has achieved in the past seven years and this is due to the collective effort of members and the Federation, working together and striving towards the same goals. The Federation has continued to lead the market and support businesses through all environments and I truly believe the industry is more united than ever before as it looks forward to a challenging but exciting future.I would obviously like to thank everyone, the IAAF team of Mike, Ann and Tina, the board, IAAF council and wider membership for all their support.”

The IAAF’s newly-elected President Richard Welland added: “Wendy has been instrumental in the modernisation of the IAAF so that it remains relevant to our fast-paced industry. She has widened the IAAF’s appeal and reach, while at the same time consolidating its position as the voice of the aftermarket. She will be very much missed, but we wish her all the best in her well-earned retirement.”

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