About

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.

“The history of the automobile, more than anything else, is the history of a revolution. In only a few years industrial methods were transformed, and along with them the means of communication, and more, the nature of rural and urban life, the way goods are distributed, and the entire economic system.”

Maurice Norry, Founding President, FISITA

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

Prof.

Frank

Zhao

Professor and Director of Automotive Strategy Research Institute

China

Mr.

Daniel

E. Nicholson

VP, Global Electrification, Controls, Software and Electronic Hardware

United States

Mr.

Paul

Mascarenas OBE

Independent Director, Business Advisor and Technology Executive
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United States

Dr.

Jun

Li

Professor
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China

Mr.

Ted

Robertson

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United States

Mr.

Christophe

Huss

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Germany

Dr.

Akihiko

Saito

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Japan

Mr.

Daniel

M. Hancock

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Mr.

Philippe

Ventre

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France

Mr.

Motoo

Suzuki

Chairman of the Board

Japan

Mr.

James

McKnight

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United Kingdom

“It was a great honour to work for FISITA and I learned a lot during my period of Presidency.”

Daniel E. Nicholson

“It was a great honour to work for FISITA and I learned a lot during my period of Presidency.”

Christophe Huss

“The case for FISITA is now more powerful than ever, supporting automotive engineers to develop their skills, making great contributions to global wealth.”

James McKnight

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