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Alison Jones named President of The SMMT

The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) has appointed Stellantis Senior Vice President and Country Manager UK, Alison Jones, as its new President.

Since being appointed as Senior Vice-President and Country Manager UK in March this year, Jones has been responsible for Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth, Jeep and Alfa Romeo. The appointment to President follows a year-long tenure as Vice-President at the SMMT, where Jones contributed to the organisation’s direction and strategy.

Jones has worked across some of the UK’s largest automotive brands; she was previously appointed Group Managing Director of Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles in the UK and Senior Vice-President for Groupe PSA. Jones also held senior roles in the VW Group, including Managing Director for Volkswagen, and is a Vice-President for the Institute of Customer Service, a role held since 2013.

Jones will perform the duties of President for the SMMT alongside her daily commitments to Stellantis UK.

Alison Jones has long supported the work of the SMMT, and will be welcomed into the new role by existing President Dr George Gillespie OBE, Executive Chairman HORIBA MIRA, plus three new Vice-Presidents.

Alison Jones said: “I am proud to be appointed the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) President in 2022. It continues to be pivotal and exciting times for our industry as we drive technological developments and customer experiences, respond to regulatory changes, and adapt to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and post-Brexit world. 2021 has continued to be challenging and demonstrates why it is key we have a strong trade body such as SMMT to represent and drive progress for us all, advancing our interests with governments and organisations, and to ensure we have a positive impact for our members, industry, country economy and people in our communities.”