Tribute to Geoff Polites

21st April, 2008

STATEMENT BY JOHN CONOMOS AO
President of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

On behalf of all in the Australian automotive industry, I pay tribute to Geoff Polites, who passed away at the weekend.

Mr Polities’ career in the automotive industry spanned nearly 40 years, during which time he made many worthwhile and significant contributions to vehicle manufacturing and sales in Australia and across the world.

He served as President of Ford Australia from 1999 through to 2004 and during that time was also a director with the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

Mr Polites was elected President of the FCAI in 2003 and served in the position with distinction before accepting a position overseas with Ford Motor Company. He then moved onto his most recent role as Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar and Land Rover.

Geoff Polites was universally well regarded for his practical vision, his dedication and professional commitment.

I extend my sincere sympathies to Mr Polites’ family and friends.

He will be greatly missed.

JOHN CONOMOS AO

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