The International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) has elected Rakesh Sharma, Bajaj Auto Executive Director, as the new president for a 2-year mandate.
The decision was taken by IMMA General Assembly, held by correspondence on 21 April due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Mr Rakesh Sharma joined Bajaj Auto in October 2007 as President (International Business) and is currently the Executive Director. He is a member of the Board of Commissioners of PT Bajaj Auto Indonesia, a subsidiary of Bajaj Auto Ltd and the Chairman of the Exports Council of SIAM, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.
Mr Sharma previously held office as Vice-President in IMMA, elected in May 2019. In his new role, he succeeds Mr Johannes Loman, Director of PT Astra International Tbk and Executive Vice President Director PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) Indonesia, and President of FAMI - Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries and President of AISI, the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association.
On being elected, Mr Sharma said “Indeed these are very challenging times and I take up this prestigious appointment fully conscious of the role the motorcycle industry has to play both as a key industry and a responsible member of society. Whilst we are facing numerous difficulties, we can also see that in due course new but different opportunities will emerge. The role of national, regional and global associations such as SIAM and IMMA is now more important than ever and we will work hard to ensure we play a strong and responsible role in the recovery.’’
Mr Loman stated, ‘’IMMA aims to advance the sustainable growth of the two-wheeler industry in every region of the world. We are fortunate to have Mr Sharma with his wide international experience in the two and three- wheeler industry, to steer IMMA through the difficult times and be the trusted global voice of motorcycle manufacturers. I look forward to working with Mr Sharma in my role as FAMI representative in IMMA’s Steering Committee’’.
Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), said: “I first of all wish to thank Mr. Loman for his commitment during the FAMI Presidency, where many challenges were identified as benefiting from exchanges and coordination within IMMA. We congratulate Mr. Sharma on his election and we wish him success in continuing to drive IMMA forward, in the technical and policy areas, in particular within current extraordinary circumstances linked to COVID-19.”
The International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) represents the powered two- and three-wheelers manufacturing industry at global level. It promotes mobility through safe, sustainable motorcycling by advocating the development and harmonisation of technical regulations affecting the motorcycle industry and by advancing inclusive policies for motorcycling.