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New SMMT president named

Mick Flanagan appointed as 83rd president of SMMT, succeeding Alison Jones, bringing 37 years of automotive industry experience.


Mick Flanagan, vice-president for Volvo, JLR, Toyota, Nissan at Adient, has been named as the 83rd president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

He replaces Alison Jones, senior vice-president global circular economy at Stellantis, who steps down after completing her two-year tenure.

Flanagan draws experience from a long career in the automotive sector, having worked in the industry for 37 years.

He has spent the last seven years in senior management positions in the UK and Germany and is currently responsible for Adient business with JLR, Volvo, Toyota and Nissan and in addition serves as a board member supporting various international legal entities of the company.

Flanagan said:

As we drive forward, adapting our industry to deliver the exciting new realities of a zero emission vehicle world, and at the same time overcome macroeconomic headwinds, it is crucial that we have a strong trade body to represent, influence and lead all strands of UK Automotive. I look forward to supporting the SMMT team to do just that, and also want to congratulate Alison Jones on her successful tenure as president and thank her for her strong support.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, added:

His wealth of industry experience with vehicle manufacturers and, in particular, global supply chain companies will be a huge asset as both undergo transformation on the road to net zero. I would also like to thank outgoing president Alison Jones for her tireless commitment and invaluable support to me and the SMMT over the past two years. She has championed our industry at home and abroad, helping ensure the UK is a competitive destination for inward investment and leaves her SMMT role with a substantial and positive legacy.


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