ATA appoints new CEO

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has appointed Andrew McKellar as its new CEO. After working overseas, he will return to Australia in early February and take the reins in mid-February.

Most recently, McKellar worked as 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 Commonwealth Treasury and the Queensland Treasury.

ATA Chair David Smith said McKellar would 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 said.

“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,” he said.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has also welcomed McKellar’s appointment, with NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto commenting that his diverse domestic and international experience would serve him well in his new role.

“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,” said Petroccitto.

“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.”

Following the announcement of his new appointment, McKellar said he looked forward to the role. “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 said.

ATA Chief of Staff Bill McKinley will continue to act as CEO until Mr McKellar takes up his appointment in the coming weeks.

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