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Feature   July 1, 2007   by CARS Magazine

Ray Datt steps down as AIA president

After a distinguished nine year term as President of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA), Ray Datt has decided to retire from association life.


After a distinguished nine year term as President of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA), Ray Datt has decided to retire from association life.

Ray led the Association through a number of strategic changes during his tenure as president, ensuring the Association’s relevance and contribution to the automotive aftermarket industry.

The AIA Executive Committee has struck a search committee, led by Chairman John Cochrane, to find a suitable replacement to take the helm of AIA, to ensure the Association’s continued leadership position within the automotive aftermarket industry and within the not-for-profit community. The search committee anticipates making an announcement with regard to Ray’s replacement by no later than the fall of 2007. A three-month transition period before Ray retires is also anticipated.

“We were incredibly fortunate to have Ray during such a pivotal time in our history,” says AIA Chair John Cochrane. “His valuable contributions to the industry leave the Association well-positioned for continued success.”

Ray joined AIA in 1998, for what was supposed to be a five-year term as President before moving on to new challenges.

“What started out as a five-year contract was extended several times because I enjoyed working with AIA members and guiding the Association through its evolution,” says Ray. “While I am not ready to retire, I am looking forward to a less scheduled life where I will be able to utilize my 40 years of automotive aftermarket experience and network of contacts to assist organizations in need of such skills. In fact, AIA and I have worked out a deal where I will stay involved on a part-time basis with the Association in 2008.”

AIA will begin advertising for a new president during the week of June 11, 2007.

Interested candidates will be able to view the advertisement on the AIA website, and are encouraged to follow the application process as outlined.