The new president has highlighted that he assumes the presidency at “a very important and historic moment for the automotive industry in Spain”.

The new president has highlighted that he assumes the presidency at “a very important and historic moment for the automotive industry in Spain”.

The new president has highlighted that he assumes the presidency at “a very important and historic moment for the automotive industry in Spain”.

Seat Chairman Wayne Griffiths

The president of Seat, Wayne Griffiths, has assumed this Wednesday the presidency of the Spanish Association of Car and Truck Manufacturers (Anfac) for the next two years, replacing José Vicente de los Mozos, member of the global executive committee of Renault and president of Renault Spain, as reported by the organization.

Among the challenges that Griffiths will have to face during his tenure at Anfac, the distribution of the funds from the Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation (Perte) of Automotive, the review of automobile taxation that is pending updating by the Executive or the promotion of the digitization and innovation of the industry.

Griffiths, born in Dukinfield (United Kingdom) and with German nationality since 2016, studied International Management and German at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom) and, despite the fact that his father had among his plans that his son inherit family business, a dealership in Manchester (UK), Griffiths took an internship at Audi in the late 1980s.

Thus, his life has always been linked to the automobile world, specifically, to the Volkswagen group. The new president of Anfac began his professional career at Audi, in Ingolstadt (Germany), in 1989 and after working for two years at Seat, between 1991 and 1993, he returned to the German brand, where he held various positions of responsibility in the division trading in different markets. In 2016, he was appointed commercial vice president of Seat and was also one of the founders of the Cupra brand.

In 2020, after four years as commercial executive vice president of the company, he was appointed president of Seat (Seat and Cupra). In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of Volkswagen Group España Distribución.

Its main objective is to electrify Seat and promote the development of the Cupra brand. With these goals and within the process of transforming the company and its brands towards electrification and sustainable mobility, the company announced an investment plan of 5,000 million euros until 2025.

The new president of Anfac thanked De los Mozos for his work at the head of the association and highlighted that he assumes the presidency in “a very important and historic moment for the automotive industry in Spain”.

sustainable mobility

“The association’s 2020-2040 roadmap is clear to achieve the decarbonization objectives through the renovation of the park and the promotion of electrification. My objective now is to speed up this plan and move forward to ensure the future competitiveness of the automobile industry in Spain. It is time to bet on the transformation of this country into a ‘hub’ of sustainable mobility for Europe”, underlined the president of Seat.

For his part, José Vicente de los Mozos, who assumed the presidency of the association in 2018 for a period of two years and had to extend it in 2020 after the outbreak of the pandemic, stressed that the work of the association to defend the interests of the automotive industry in Spain has been very important for it to be recognized and valued that it represents 11% of GDP and 60% of the industrial sector in Spain.

“Our shared goal has always been to turn the automotive industry into a country-project for Spain, to boost our competitiveness as an industry at a time of transformation towards new mobility. We are on the way, but we have to go faster because the countries around us are already advancing in these challenges and we cannot spoil the jewel that is the automotive industry in Spain”, said the outgoing president of Anfac.

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