Promoting excellence in mobility engineering

Prof. Frank Zhao

Professor and Director of Automotive Strategy Research Institute

Tsinghua University

China

Ms. Nadine Leclair

Previously Senior Vice President, Expert Fellow

Groupe Renault

France

Mr. Daniel E. Nicholson

VP, Global Electrification, Controls, Software and Electronic Hardware

General Motors

United States

Mr. Paul Mascarenas OBE

Independent Director, Business Advisor and Technology Executive

United States

Dr. Jun Li

Professor

China

Mr. Ted Robertson

United States

Mr. Christophe Huss

Germany

Dr. Akihiko Saito

Japan

Mr. Daniel M. Hancock

Mr. Philippe Ventre

France

Mr. Motoo Suzuki

Chairman of the Board

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Japan

Mr. James McKnight

United Kingdom

FISITA Lifetime Presidents

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.

“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

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

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