The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has appointed Paul Heard as the new chief executive of the SMMT Industry Forum, a productivity improvement and training business.

Heard was formerly president of Automotive Tier 1 supplier Futaba UK. He replaces Dr Chris Owen, who is stepping down to pursue new challenges after eight years.

‘Of course, this is a testing time for British business, but I believe that we are well placed to deliver even greater support and competitiveness to the many world-class engineering-led industries we have in this country,’ said Heard.

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