Dr Adam McCarthy has been appointed as the new secretary general of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA), effective from 1 January 2023.
Franco Annunziato, president of the board of directors of ETRMA, thanked outgoing secretary general Fazilet Cinaralp for her "commitment, dedication, and direction since the association's inception in 2006.
Dr McCarthy has over 20 years of experience in public policy and governmental affairs, holding positions in both the private and public sectors. He joins ETRMA from the Cobalt Institute, where he served as president. Speaking about his new role, Dr McCarthy said he was "very excited" and looked forward to working with the association's members and board of directors to "advance progress and increase visibility and influence for the entire industry".
Mr Annunziato said ETRMA needed a leader with experience in engaging with the Brussels ecosystem, particularly in light of the European focus on sustainable growth and digital transformation within the EU Green Deal. He added that he was "very pleased" that Ms Cinaralp had agreed to remain with ETRMA as senior advisor to the board for the first quarter of 2023, securing "progression in continuity for the benefit of ETRMA and its members".
ETRMA represents the interests of manufacturers of tyres, technical rubber goods and retreaders, with over 60 members including Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Michelin, Pirelli and Sumitomo Rubber Industries. The association works closely with European institutions to create trust and confidence between industry stakeholders.
Dr McCarthy holds a PhD in political science from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, and is a member of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the British Society of International Law. He is also a chartered scientist. He will take up his new role at ETRMA on 1 January 2023, with Ms Cinaralp remaining as senior advisor until the end of March.