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FCAI Appoints Chief Executive

Ian Chalmers has been appointed chief executive of peak industry body the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

Mr Chalmers’ appointment follows the resignation of former FCAI chief executive Andrew McKellar in July this year.

He will commence official duties as of Monday 19 September 2011.

Steve Payne acted as chief executive while the process of finding a permanent replacement took place.

Mr Chalmers was selected from a competitive field of candidates, following a rigorous search conducted by executive recruitment firm Amrop Cordiner King on behalf of the FCAI.

Mr Chalmers has a strong background in both corporate and government roles.

Formerly the chief executive of Medicines Australia, the national industry association representing research-based Australian and International pharmaceutical companies, Mr Chalmers was also chief executive of the Australian Local Government Association and the Australian Private Hospitals Association.

He has also served on the board of an ASX-listed bio-tech company and the ACT Asthma Foundation.

Mr Chalmers said he was delighted to have been appointed to this very important industry position.

“I am particularly looking forward to continuing the chamber’s constructive relationship with government,” he said.

“With many challenges facing the automotive sector in this country it is important we continue to work with our members and government, ensuring the sector remains viable and the manufacturing base robust.”

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