Adrian Feeney of GM Holden in Melbourne has been appointed the new President of the 2013 Society of Automotive Engineers – Australasia.
The new Board of Directors also has a record seven fresh faces and representation from four states including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
The new President thanked the outgoing team led by immediate past president Bill Malkoutzis for many years of commitment during difficult times.
The new full members of the Board include vehicle engineering consultant John Lyons from Albury; Kai Morganti of Melbourne University; Warrick Stapleton of Toyota Technical Centre Australia in Melbourne; Brisbane electrical and design engineer Lachlan Tomlin; and Michael Upton of Conergy Pty Ltd in Perth.
The new members also include two co-opted directors: vehicle engineering consultants Col Potts from NSW and Allen Saylav from Victoria.
Returning Board members include vehicle engineering consultant Bill Malkoutzis; Tim Car of CMV Truck and Bus; Robert Bosch Australia's Geoff Liersch; DV Experts Principal Forensic Engineer Shane Richardson; and Deakin University's Frank Will. RMIT's Simon Watkins also returns to the Board after an absence of some years.
According to Adrian Feeney, the automotive industry continues to face challenging issues and welcomed the broad scope of skills offered by the 2013 Board members. The new Board plans to revitalise membership as well as create opportunities to exchange information, promote education and training, and support industry innovation and key industry activities.