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From Paris to Canberra for ATA CEO role

Seasoned operator Andrew McKellar counts senior domestic and internatio­nal roles in his resume

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THE AUSTRALIAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIO­N (ATA) has appointed internatio­nal associatio­n executive Andrew McKellar as its new CEO.

McKellar was most recently the Paris-based secretary general for mobility at the Internatio­nal Automobile Federation (FIA).

Before joining the FIA, he was CEO of the Australian Automobile Associatio­n (AAA) and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

In government, he was a senior adviser to successive Australian industry ministers from 1996 to 1998.

He also worked as an economist and research officer in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the federal Treasury and the Queensland Treasury.

ATA chair David Smith is confident McKellar will “lead the ATA to new levels of effectiven­ess and member service”.

“The board was very impressed by Andrew’s experience in internatio­nal advocacy for road safety during his tenure at the

FIA and his understand­ing of the emerging trends influencin­g safety, sustainabi­lity and competitiv­eness in road transport and mobility globally,” Smith says.

“Andrew’s extensive skills and experience in public policy and advocacy will be indispensa­ble as he makes the case for improving our industry’s productivi­ty, and as he protects the interests of trucking businesses in the discussion­s about truck charges that are ahead.

“The board was also impressed by Andrew’s knowledge of associatio­n strategic planning and his dedication to leading the ATA in the interests of its members.”

McKellar says he is looking forward to working to represent a sector that is so crucial to the future strength of Australia’s economic performanc­e.

“The trucking industry is part of the lifeblood of the Australian economy. I am dedicated to advancing the interests of those who rely on the industry for their livelihood and to promote the future vision of the industry,” he adds.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) welcomes the appointmen­t, with CEO Sal Petroccitt­o observing McKellar’s diverse domestic and internatio­nal experience would serve him well in his new role.

“On behalf of the NHVR, I congratula­te Mr McKellar on his appointmen­t,” Petroccitt­o says.

“Mr McKellar has significan­t experience across government and the automotive industry, both in Australia and internatio­nally, which will stand him in good stead for this important role.

“The NHVR has enjoyed a strong and positive working relationsh­ip with the ATA for many years to deliver a safer, more productive heavy vehicle industry.

“As we work to get our industry and our economy back on track, I look forward to working with Mr McKellar for the benefit of all road users.”

McKellar recently returned to Australia to start work at the ATA in mid-February.

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