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Honourable Lifetime Presidents

Originally founded in Paris in 1948, FISITA has now supported the world’s automotive engineering community in its quest to advance technology for seven decades, delivering an important pre-competitive environment for the world’s engineers at whichever stage of technological advancement we may wish to consider.

Throughout the last 70 years, the strong support of the international industry has been confirmed by the appointment of successive, highly regarded Presidents. Each bringing their own valuable leadership, vision and focus for the strategic purpose of FISITA at the time.

Each President, through their committed leadership of the organisation, has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of technology, which time and again has proven that pre-competitive collaboration, knowledge share and thought leadership are vital ingredients for a progressive and meaningful membership organisation, as it supports the industry around it.

The evidence of the success of previous Presidents is the continued sustainable growth of FISITA, based upon its relevance to the industry which it supports. The successive contribution of each of our Presidents, from Maurice Norroy to the present day sees FISITA recognised through the highest levels of membership in its history, as the organisation evolves once again in support of its members around the world, as they evolve to deliver the technology of the ‘mobility era’.

It is clear that the success of FISITA today, is reflective and inextricably linked to the success of its past. This success has been created by the vision and leadership of all FISITA’s previous Presidents, for which the international automotive and mobility systems engineering community is grateful and able to recognise for evermore.

FISITA Lifetime Presidents

Mr. Daniel E.
Nicholson

Mr. Daniel E. Nicholson

FISITA President 2016‑2018

Mr. Paul
Mascarenas OBE

Mr. Paul Mascarenas OBE

FISITA President 2014‑2016

Dr. Jun
Li

Dr. Jun Li

FISITA President 2012‑2014

Mr. Ted
Robertson

Mr. Ted Robertson

FISITA President 2010‑2012

Mr. Christophe
Huss

Mr. Christophe Huss

FISITA President 2008‑2010

Dr. Akihiko
Saito

Dr. Akihiko Saito

FISITA President 2006‑2008

Mr. Daniel M.
Hancock

Mr. Daniel M. Hancock

FISITA President 2004‑2006

Mr. Philippe
Ventre

Mr. Philippe Ventre

FISITA President 2002‑2004

Mr. Motoo
Suzuki

Mr. Motoo Suzuki

FISITA President 2000‑2002

Mr. James
McKnight

Mr. James McKnight

FISITA President 1998‑2000

FISITA Lifetime Presidents: 1948-1998

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bert Breuer
    1996-1998
  • Dr. Jack W. Schmidt
    1994-1996
  • Prof. Pal Michelberger
    1992-1994
  • Mr. Yoshio Nakamura
    1990-1992
  • Dr. Heinz W. Hahn
    1986-1990
  • Dr. Joseph Gilbert
    1982-1986
  • Mr. Walter Roost
    1980-1982
  • Sir Diarmuid Downs
    1978-1980
  • Mr. Charles Deutsch
    1975-1978
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. J. S. Meurer
    1973-1975
  • Mr. Riichi Maeda
    1971-1973
  • Dr.-Ing. Carlos M. Carreras
    1969-1971
  • Dr.-Ing. Dante Giacosa
    1967-1969
  • Prof. Emer. Frits P. Malschaert
    1965-1967
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Paul Koessler
    1963-1965
  • Mr. John H. Pitchford
    1961-1963
  • Mr. Fernand Picard
    1959-1961
  • Dr.-Ing. Wifredo P. Ricart
    1957-1959
  • Prof. Antonio Capetti
    1955-1957
  • Mr. Maurice Norroy
    1948-1955


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