IMI appoints Professor Jim Saker as new president

Time 7:52 am, October 29, 2020

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has appointed Professor Jim Saker as its new president and Linda Jackson (PSA) and Sandy Burgess (SMTA) as vice presidents.

The appointments were made at the IMI’s AGM on October 27.

Professor Saker is director of the centre for automotive management in the business school at Loughborough University and a long-standing Professor of Retail Management he has worked with government, employers and individuals in the sector for more than 30 years.

Commenting on his appointment Professor Jim Saker said: ‘I don’t think there has been a more exciting – and challenging – time to be involved with the automotive sector’s sole professional body.

‘With a clear focus on empowering those who work in automotive, the IMI has an immense role to play in future-proofing individuals, employers and even government.

‘The commitment the IMI has shown to creating a professional standard for those working on high voltage, connected and autonomous vehicles in the form of IMI TechSafe has been second to none.

‘It has also remained a determined advocate of apprenticeships in the sector, helping employers capitalise on the recruitment opportunities and attracting the next generation of workers.

‘I look forward to working with Chief Executive, Steve Nash and the Executive Board to ensure the IMI remains front and centre whatever the conversation about how the automotive sector can make a positive difference to people’s lives.’

Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI added: ‘We would like to thank Graham Smith, OBE, FIMI, who has made an invaluable contribution to the IMI over the last seven years as president. He has brought a wealth of industry knowledge to his role as well as representing the IMI to key external stakeholders at the highest level.

‘We are very excited by how Professor Jim Saker will continue Graham’s great work, placing skills at the forefront of good practice in the automotive retail sector.’

Linda Jackson, executive vice president, brands portfolio development, Groupe PSA and Sandy Burgess, chief executive of the Scottish Motor Traders Association were also confirmed at the AGM as vice presidents.

Kevin Finn and Tony Tomsett were also named as chairman and honorary treasurer respectively.

Car Dealer recently spoke to IMI CEO Steve Nash – you can watch the video at the top of this story

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