BRUSSELS—The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association has re-elected Bridgestone Europe executive Franco Annunziato to a second three-year term, to signal "commitment and continuity" in the face of challenges.
The board of directors also elected Joan Vicenc Duran, head of Spain's national rubber association Consorcio Nacional de Industriales del Caucho, as vice president.
Both functions are effective Jan. 1, 2021, for a three-year term.
As part of his mandate, Annunziato will work with policy makers to identify the most suitable measures to safeguard jobs, manufacturing and innovation with particular focus on green and digital footprints, the ETRMA said.
"When I started my mandate three years ago, the global context was significantly different," Annunziato said upon re-election. "We are now living in unprecedented times and still struggling to fence the impacts of a lingering crisis that has unclear horizons."
The tire industry, he said, can bring "a significant contribution" to the policy objectives of the European economy, which target safety, decarbonization and digital mobility.