Graham Smith announced as SMMT president in 2007

28 November 2006 #SMMT News

Graham Smith to be new President of SMMT

Graham Smith, senior vice-president Toyota Motor Europe will be the next president of SMMT, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The appointment takes effect from 1 January 2007 and was announced at SMMT’s annual dinner in central London this evening. Graham Smith succeeds Roger Putnam, former chairman of Ford of Europe and SMMT president since June 2005.



Commenting on his appointment, Graham Smith said, ‘I am honoured to have been chosen as SMMT president and look forward to taking the reins in January. These are important times for the industry and my priority next year will be to ensure that the real progress we have made in productivity, skills and in driving down emissions from production sites and products is fully appreciated by all our stakeholders. A light regulatory touch will ensure Britain’s largest manufacturing sector continues to thrive and make progress in all areas of sustainable development.’



Graham Smith joined Toyota (GB) as a regional general manager in 1993. He was promoted first to marketing director, then, in 1996, to managing director and was subsequently appointed senior vice-president, external and environmental affairs, Toyota Motor Europe, from 1 July 2006.



In January 2003 he was invited to chair the newly established Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), an alliance of over 200 organisations developing initiatives to reduce carbon emissions from road vehicles. Members include representatives of vehicle manufacturers and fuels companies, environmental organisations, road user groups, academic and government bodies.



Graham Smith is also a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry and a vice-president of Automotive Fellowship International.



Graham Smith added, ‘I want to thank Roger Putnam for his personal contribution and positive role during his time as SMMT President, particularly in driving the British International Motor Show to a successful new venue in London. He has been an excellent ambassador and outstanding servant of the industry for many years and I wish him well in the future.’



Former SMMT Presidents since 1990 follow:



2005-2006 Roger Putnam

2003-2005 Tod Evans

2003-2002 Mike Baunton CBE

2002- 2001 Nick Reilly CBE

2000-2001 John Neill CBE

1999-2000 Sir Ian Gibson CBE

1998-1999 Trevor Bonner CBE

1996-1998 Ian G McAllister CBE

1995-1996 George Simpson (now Lord Simpson of Dunkeld)

1994-1995 Peter T Ward

1993-1994 Geoffrey Whalen CBE (now Sir Geoffrey Whalen CBE)

1991-1993 Colin Hope (now Sir Colin Hope)

1990-1991 Derek Barron


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