MIA appoints Nick Langley as development director
03 Dec 2012
The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) has appointed Nick Langley as its development director, to further expand the organisation’s international work, drive forward new initiatives and grow its membership.
Nick brings 25 years of international motorsport experience to the MIA’s global business network, having previously been sales and marketing manager for Dallara Automobili of Italy, the world’s largest racing car manufacturer and leading automotive consultants, for the past 13 years. Prior to Dallara, he was business development manager at Lola Cars, the UK’s largest racing car manufacturer, for 12 years.
The MIA, whose membership has grown by 25 per cent in the past year, recently expanded its operations in the USA, by opening a third liaison office on the West Coast, under Don Taylor, and has created successful diversification programmes for its members into automotive and defence. Nick’s wide international experience and global contacts will continue to develop the MIA’s worldwide presence.
“MIA members will welcome having Nick on board as we help them seize new opportunities,” says Chris Aylett, CEO of the MIA. “More than 80 per cent of members currently export their motorsport engineering and services all over the world, and we see developing markets substantially increasing their export potential in the next few years. Our successful business growth programmes, aimed at the automotive and defence industries, are full of potential and our determination, to help our members grow their business through difficult times, remains undimmed. Adding Nick’s well-recognised experience to our team will bring greater success to our members, which is our sole ambition.”
Nick Langley said: “This is a great new opportunity to make a real difference to the excellent work of the MIA. There are many exciting challenges ahead, and I look forward to meeting them. As a MIA member, I have attended many MIA events over the years and have always been impressed with the level of service they provide, and, of course, the prolific drive and enthusiasm of Chris. It’s going to be a great experience to work with the MIA team, and push ahead for the future.
“I would also like to say a big thank you to Dallara; my time there has been so rewarding and I have made so many good friends. It’s been an honour and a privilege to work for Gian Paolo Dallara, a true legend in our industry. He taught me a lot. Dallara is a great company, with so many highly talented people. I am sure they will prosper and I wish them all well for the future.”
Gian Paolo Dallara, president of Dallara, said: “Nick joined us in 1999 in what seems like a different era now and his efforts helped us in our transition to the company we are today. Nick’s mix of sales, marketing, engineering and diplomatic skills were a great asset to us and we will miss having him here. I would like to say thank you and wish Nick good luck for the future and success in his new job”
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