Chief Executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders ( SMMT)
THESE are busy times at the SMMT, which represents the UK’S car manufacturers and retailers, with the collapse of diesel sales and Brexit looming. Boss Mike Hawes has charted a careful path through the choppiest waters so far, but the stormy times ahead may call for some tough decisions. At some point in the next 12 months, he will almost certainly have to fall out with someone – be it unions, Government or the consumer. How he deals with this may prove the ultimate test of his leadership.