GEORGE Gillespie OBE, Executive Vice President, Horiba Automotive Test Systems (ATS) has been appointed the 81st President of the SMMT.
He takes office from 1 January 2019, replacing Tony Walker, Managing Director, Toyota Motor Europe – London Office, who steps down at the end of this year after completing the post’s two year tenure.
Gillespie has 25 years’ international experience in the automotive and marine sectors, having previously held senior roles with Ricardo and Schenck. He joined MIRA in 2009 as Chief Executive, growing the business internationally and leading its sale in 2015 to Horiba Japan.
He is also Chair of the Intelligent Connected Vehicles Group within the Automotive Council, where he leads activities relating to intelligent and connected vehicles. He has a PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast, for research into low emission engines and is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.