New Secretary General for European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association

Brussels, 17 June 2013 - Following the meeting of its Board of Directors on Friday, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) announced the appointment of Erik Jonnaert as the Secretary General of ACEA, with effect this autumn.

Brussels, 17 June 2013 - Following the meeting of its Board of Directors on Friday, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) announced the appointment of Erik Jonnaert as the Secretary General of ACEA, with effect this autumn.

Mr Jonnaert will replace Ivan Hodac (67) who after 12 years at the helm of ACEA will be taking his retirement. A Belgian national, Mr Jonnaert (55) is a graduate of Harvard Law School, who started his career with the Linklaters law firm. He subsequently joined Procter & Gamble (P&G), where he gained over 25 years of global experience in public affairs, regulatory affairs, communications and stakeholder relations. His last role was vice president for P&G's external relations in Asia. Jonnaert: "It is a great honour to have been given this opportunity to represent what is one of the strategically most important industries in Europe in these challenging times."

ACEA President Sergio Marchionne, who is CEO of Fiat and Chrysler stated, "We are delighted to welcome Mr Jonnaert to the industry and to ACEA. We are confident that he will build upon the exceptional work of Mr Hodac, who has steered ACEA smoothly for many years, shaping it into one of Brussels' most respected associations."

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Notes for editors · ACEA members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, FIAT S.p.A., Ford of Europe, General Motors Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, IVECO S.p.A., Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group. More information can be found on www.acea.be.

Facts about the EU automobile industry

  • Some 11.6 million people - or 5.3% of the EU employed population - work in the sector.
  • The 3.2 million jobs in automotive manufacturing represent 10.2% of EU's manufacturing employment.
  • Motor vehicles account for over €385 billion in tax contribution in the EU.
  • The sector is also a key driver of knowledge and innovation, representing Europe's largest private contributor to R&D, with €26 billion invested annually.
  • The automotive sector contributes positively to the EU trade balance with a €92 billion surplus. This contribution is highly significant today as the EU economy as a whole struggles with a total trade deficit for goods of €152.8 billion.

For further information, please contact Cara McLaughlin, Director of Communications, ACEA, Tel: +32 2 738 73 45; Mobile: +32 485 88 66 47; cm@acea.be

For the photo of Mr Erik Jonnaert in High Resolution, please click here.