Professor Jim Saker

Loughborough Professor appointed as new President of The Institute of the Motor Industry

Professor Jim Saker was named the Institute of the Motor Industry’s (IMI) new president at their Annual General Meeting on 27 October.

As Director of the Centre for Automotive Management in the Business School at Loughborough University and a Professor of Retail Management he has worked with government, employers and individuals in the sector for more than 30 years.

His expertise has provided the IMI with a different perspective as the automotive industry faces a myriad of challenges, from adjusting to the changing dynamics of the economy in the aftermath of COVID-19, to equipping itself for the mobility revolution including connected and autonomous motoring and zero emissions.

Commenting on his appointment Professor Jim Saker said: “I don’t think there has been a more exciting – and challenging – time to be involved with the automotive sector’s sole professional body.

“With a clear focus on empowering those who work in automotive, the IMI has an immense role to play in future-proofing individuals, employers and even government.

“I look forward to working with Chief Executive, Steve Nash and the Executive Board to ensure the IMI remains front and centre whatever the conversation about how the automotive sector can make a positive difference to people’s lives.”

Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI added: “We are very excited by how Professor Jim Saker will continue the great work being done, placing skills at the forefront of good practice in the automotive retail sector.”