PARIS -- ACEA, the European automakers’ lobbying group, has named Sigrid de Vries as director general, replacing Eric-Mark Huitema.
De Vries, who is currently secretary general at CLEPA, the European suppliers’ association, will be succeeded there by Benjamin Krieger.
Huitema, who has been in his post since 2019, will leave the group on Aug. 31, the group said in a news release.
"During his tenure, he played a strong role in representing the European automobile industry as a progressive player that embraces the objectives of the EU’s Green Deal," ACEA President Oliver Zipse, the CEO of BMW Group, said.
For de Vries, who has been CLEPA’s secretary general since 2017, the new position is a homecoming of sorts. A former journalist, she was director of communications and public relations at ACEA from 2006-12. She starts her new post on Sept. 1.