The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) has announced the retirement of 10-year Secretary General Jacques Compagne (61), and the appointment of Antonio Perlot as its new Secretary General, with effect from 1st May 2014.
Compagne has seen a remarkable period in his 10 years - 10 years in which the regulatory and downturn challenges have been immense, but 10 years in which the status and influence of ACEM as a Brussels based advocate for the interests of the motorcycle industry has grown massively.
His experience will not be lost to the industry though as on retirement he will take on the role of Senior Advisor to the ACEM Secretary General and Executive Committee.
Antonio Perlot (43) is an Italian-Swedish national who has substantial experience in the motorcycle sector and EU interest representation. He has been ACEM Public Affairs Manager since 2006, advising the industry on public and regulatory affairs.
Between 2001 and 2006, he worked for the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA), first as Campaigns Officer, then as Secretary General. Prior to that, he worked as an EU public affairs consultant representing clients from different industry sectors and, before then, in the NGO sector.
Mr. Perlot holds a Degree in Political Science (specialisation in European integration) from La Sapienza University, Roma, Italy and a Master’s Degree in Diplomatic Studies (International Relations, International and EU Law, Economic policy) from SIOI, Roma, Italy.
Stephan Schaller, President of ACEM and President of BMW Motorrad, stated, “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Perlot as the next Secretary General of ACEM. He has a great depth of knowledge and proven experience in the sector. I am confident that he will build upon the remarkable work of Mr Compagne, who during the last 10 years has successfully led and turned ACEM into the effective association it is today. On behalf of all ACEM members, I would like to express our highest appreciation and wish him all the best for this new chapter in life”.