Mr Everitt is currently director of civil air transport and communications at the Society of British Aerospace Companies where he has responsibility for environmental and safety issues, as well as leading its media team and government relations programmes.
Before joining SBAC, Paul Everitt was head of communications, economics and policy at the SMMT. He played a major role in launching and developing the motor industry sustainability report, the annual CO2 report and took a lead on a range of high profile policy campaigns, including the End of Life Vehicle Directive, Block Exemption and the Climate Change Levy.
He said: "The SMMT has an essential role in creating the conditions for a successful UK automotive industry. I feel privileged to have the opportunity of leading it and serving one of this country's most important industrial sectors."
"The UK automotive industry has world-class companies and individuals working throughout the lifecycle of its products - from design to disposal, from globally competitive manufacture to leading edge sales and service. I will do all I can to promote its achievements, create the conditions for further success and represent its interests in Whitehall, Brussels and beyond."
Mr Everett was previously deputy director of the British Road Federation and has more than 17 years experience of public policy and media campaigns in the transport sector.
He will succeed Christopher Macgowan.