The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has announced a new chairperson and a renewed board of directors line-up following the annual general meeting in May.
Matthew Callachor, President of Toyota Australia, was elected as Chairperson of the board, a role he temporarily filled in 2018. He has replaced Horst Von Sanden, CEO and President of Mercedes Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd, who filled the role from May 2018 to May 2020.
Other new appointments included:
- Kay Hart, President and CEO of Ford Australia as Deputy Chairperson
- Vinesh Bhindi, CEO of Mazda Australia, also as Deputy Chairperson
- Stephen Collins, Director of Honda Australia, as Treasurer of the Chamber, replacing Bhindi
- Horst von Sanden as Board Director
- Paul Sansom, Managing Director of Audi Australia, as Board Director
- Shaun Westcott, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors Australia, as Board Director
- Brad Ryan, COO of Yamaha Motor Australia, as Board Director.
“I would like to offer a sincere welcome to the incoming office bearers, and a huge thank you to the outgoing representatives who have made such a strong contribution to the chamber during their terms in office,” said Tony Weber, Chief Executive of FCAI. “The FCAI represents more than 40 automotive brands in the Australian market and these are some of the most recognised brands in the world which bring the newest and most innovative technology to consumers.
“It is very gratifying to see such strong support for the industry, by the industry, in the Australian market. The FCAI’s office bearers and directors represent some of the most experienced and talented individuals in the automotive sector. The industry is on the cusp of major change, with the advent of new technology such as zero and low emission vehicles, higher-level autonomous vehicles, and changing customer and business models.
“The FCAI’s new board will be able to provide strong guidance and direction to ensure the industry not only survives, but thrives over the coming years.”