Bentley’s Hawes to head up car manufacturing industry group

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THE CAR industry’s trade body has picked Mike Hawes, the head of government affairs and corporate social responsibility at Bentley, as its new chief executive.

Hawes will replace interim boss Mike Baunton when he takes over at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in the autumn.

He joined Bentley in 2008, having previously worked for Toyota and Volkswagen, Bentley’s parent firm.

The New Zealander said in a statement that he will “grow the value and range of services provided to our members” once he takes on the new role.

“He has built a strong personal reputation and is credited with establishing a number of strategic relationships which have benefited the automotive companies for which he has worked,” said SMMT president Tim Abbott yesterday.

The SMMT’s previous permanent chief, Paul Everitt, left in January to join the aerospace and defence trade body ADS.