European automotive supplier association, CLEPA, has appointed VP operating officer, Arnaud de David-Beauregard, as its new president, effective 1 January.

David-Beauregard was a member of the management board of PSA, in
charge of the mechanical activity and services division of Peugeot until 1998.

After being appointed member of the executive committee of Faurecia, he became EVP, group development, from 2000 until 2010.

He has been VP, operating officer of FIEV (French automotive component industries association) since May 2010 and a member of the steering committee of CLEPA since December, 2012.

"I look forward to tackling the challenges ahead, be they urbanisation and demographic change, environmental protection or trade competition, while enhancing cooperation with our partners throughout the world," said David-Beauregard.

"Strengthening the competitive edge of the European automotive suppliers industry is my main priority."

CLEPA added "in spite of the crisis," the automotive supply industry remained one of Europe's largest employers, collectively numbering five million people on the Continent.

"We are delighted to welcome our new president," said CLEPA CEO, Jean-Marc Gales.

"I am confident with his background in automotive operations and national associations, Arnaud will further build on the solid track record of Peter Tyroller, member of the board management of Robert Bosch, who was at the helm of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers for four years."