The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has recognised the significant and invaluable contribution David Blackhall has made to the Australian automotive industry by awarding him Life Membership of the Chamber.
“FCAI Life Membership is a prestigious award given to members who continually work to better the interests of the automotive industry in Australia and globally,” FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said.
David Blackhall was Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Australia/Pacific for more than ten years and Director of the FCAI for eight years. As FCAI Director, David also held the roles of Vice-President and Treasurer, providing significant support to the Chamber.
“David Blackhall’s extensive career in the global automotive industry and his contribution to the FCAI has seen him further the interests of the automotive industry in Australia and helped deliver policy outcomes that are of significant benefit to the entire industry,” Mr Weber said.
“David retired from Jaguar Land Rover this year and the 5 May FCAI Annual General Meeting marked his final day as an FCAI Director.
“On behalf of the FCAI membership, I thank David for his outstanding leadership as a member of the FCAI Board and the Chair of the FCAI Importers' Group. I also acknowledge the significant contribution David made to the financial management of the Chamber through his work and guidance as FCAI Treasurer.
“We look forward to continuing to work with David in his capacity as a Life Member. We are pleased that as a Life Member, David will continue to support the great efforts of the Chamber in advancing the interest of the automotive industry in Australia.”
David Blackhall began his extensive career in Ford Australia’s graduate trainee program, where he was a pricing analyst at the company's Melbourne Head Office. Later he completed an MBA at Melbourne University, graduating first in his class. David’s career with Ford took him through assignments in most areas of the car business in Australia and the United States.
David joined the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Company in 1991 and was ultimately appointed to lead the Ford Motor Company advertising account. In 1997 he was recruited as General Marketing Manager for Ford's vehicle manufacturing joint venture in Taiwan, followed by a move to Detroit in 1999, where he held a variety of senior posts.
Upon completion of that assignment he returned to Australia and was appointed Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Australia, and later, Jaguar Land Rover Asia-Pacific.