18th February, 2019 · bulletin

Changes to AADA Secretariat – CEO
Transition to June 30 2019

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 Today, we are announcing the following changes to the organisation of the AADA Secretariat, effective immediately:

  • James Voortman,  Executive Director Communications and Policy is being appointed to the newly created position of Deputy CEO. James will continue to report to the CEO, David Blackhall until June 30 2019.
  • Brian Savage,  Executive Director Operations is being appointed to the newly created position of Chief  Operating Officer. Brian will also continue to report to the CEO for the same period.

All other Secretariat positions and reporting relationships remain unaltered.

David Blackhall’s CEO services contract ends June 30th, 2019 and he has indicated a desire to step down from his CEO role at that time and generally reduce his full time commitments. At the Board’s request, David has agreed to continue in a consulting and advisory capacity to the Board through the end of 2019. He will be concentrating on the delivery of the Automotive Code.

The Secretariat changes announced today are in line with a leadership transition plan developed and approved by the AADA Board last year. These arrangements are aimed at allowing James and Brian to progressively assume their wider duties during the next four months under David’s guidance and mentor ship. The AADA Board will make an announcement on the full time replacement for David Blackhall as CEO as soon as possible.

We expect to make further announcements about our Secretariat organisation in early July, 2019.

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