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New naamsa Office Bearers 2021


naamsa, a leading advocate for and on behalf of the automotive industry in South Africa is very pleased to announce the following senior automotive executives as its National Office Bearers for the term ending December 31, 2021:

Andrew KIRBY, Chief Executive Officer for Toyota South Africa has been re-elected as naamsa President after the retirement of Tim ABBOTT from BMW South Africa at the end of December 2020;

Neale HILL, Chief Executive Officer at Ford Motor Company retains his position as Vice-President: Original Equipment Manufacturers;

Gary SCOTT, Chief Executive Officer of Kia Motors also retains his position as Vice-President: Independent Vehicle Importers and Distributors; and

Fabio SOUZA, Managing Director, Scania South Africa has been elected as the new Vice-President: Heavy Commercial Vehicles.

naamsa would like to take this time to thank Tim ABBOTT for his immeasurable contribution towards the development and growth of the automotive industry in South Africa. We wish him well in his future endeavours.

We also wish our new National Officer Bearers success and everything of the best during their term in office.

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