It has been announced that Dr Chris Owen has been appointed chief executive of the SMMT Industry Forum.
“I am delighted that Chris has agreed to lead SMMT Industry Forum through its next stage of development,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “There is renewed enthusiasm for the value of manufacturing and SMMT Industry Forum has the tools and techniques to help companies attain global competitiveness.”
“The unique automotive heritage embedded in the DNA of SMMT Industry Forum is of significant value to companies in every manufacturing industry,” said Chris Owen. “There are great new opportunities for this business and I am honoured to have the chance to lead it during such an exciting period.”
From 10 October, Dr Owen will take charge of the business – now in its 16th year of operation – calling on his experience in technology, product engineering and quality roles at Perkins Engines and as general manager of a Caterpillar manufacturing business in France.