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John Conomos Ao Elected President of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

The Australian automotive industry’s peak body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has elected a new President.

Mr John Conomos AO, the Executive Chairman of Toyota Australia, was elected the new President of the FCAI and succeeds Mr Tom Gorman, President of Ford Australia, who concluded his two-year term as President.

The announcement was made at the FCAI’s Annual General Meeting in Canberra this week and at a subsequent dinner attended by the Federal Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, The Hon Ian Macfarlane.

Mr Conomos was last year made an officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to the industry.

Vice Presidents elected were Mr Ted Okada, President of Toyota Australia, and Mr Lindsay Smalley, Director of Honda Australia.

Other members of the FCAI’s Board elected for 2006 are:

Mr Denny Mooney (GM Holden)
Mr Tom Gorman (Ford)
Mr Rob McEniry (Mitsubishi)
Mr Trevor Amery (Inchcape)
Mr Michael Winkler (Porsche)
Mr Doug Speck (Premier Automotive Group)

Mr Stuart Strickland (Honda MPE) was elected to represent Motorcycle members.

Mr Doug Dickson (Mazda) was elected the Chamber’s new Honorary Treasurer.

Mr Peter Sturrock, Chief Executive of the FCAI, is also the Secretary of the Board.

Two distinguished contributions to Australia’s automotive industry were recognised during the FCAI’s Annual Dinner with life memberships of the Chamber being stowed upon Mr Tom Phillips, the former President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd, and Mr Stuart Strickland, the Managing Director of Honda MPE.

The FCAI represents 55 brands that are collectively responsible for contributing $27 billion each year to the Australian economy.

The Australian automotive industry achieved 988,269 sales in 2005.

FCAI President and Toyota Australia Executive Chairman Mr John Conomos AO (left) with Federal Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, The Hon Ian Macfarlane in front of the Toyota Aurion.

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