18th June, 2019 · AADA

Statement from AADA Chair – New
CEO

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The peak body representing franchised new car Dealers is pleased to announce the appointment of James Voortman as the Australian Automotive Dealer Association’s new Chief Executive Officer, commencing his responsibilities on 1 July 2019.

The AADA Board is thrilled that James has taken up this key position, and is looking forward to working with him to further the interests of franchised new car Dealers across Australia.

James was the outstanding candidate of those who expressed interest in the position.

We are pleased that he has accepted the role. Given his role as our Director of Policy, we expect a strong continuity across both policy and advocacy on behalf of our members. James also brings experience from working with other associations in the automotive sector and most recently as an advisor to a federal minister.

I would also like to aknowledge the ongoing role of AADA Chief Operating Officer Brian Savage who provides significant industry experience, having worked in dealerships, OEMs and automotive industry associations.

Brian was appointed to this role earlier in the year and will play an important role in the AADA secretariat with a strong focus on working with our most important resource, our members.

The board and I would like to sincerely thank outgoing CEO David Blackhall for his hard work and dedication over the last three years. David provided invaluable leadership and is largely responsible for the significant gains the AADA has made in recent years.

Every new car Dealer in Australia owes David a debt of gratitude for the focus, commitment and in many cases the resolution he has brought to issues in a time of extreme disruption. Whilst he is stepping down from his current role of CEO at the end of this month he has agreed to continue with us in a consulting role essentially to complete our work in making a mandatory code for our industry a reality.

Terry Keating
AADA Chair