President & Secretary General

CLEPA President

Roberto Vavassori is a member of the Management Board of Brembo, the Italian multinational brake system specialist, and the director for Business Development and Marketing.


He joined Brembo in 1986, being involved in different departments and responsibilities, since then, he has contributed to the development and growth of the entire organization. Among his tasks, he was responsible for the listing of Brembo at the Milan Stock Exchange in 1995 and some twenty M&A projects.

He is Deputy Chairman of the JV between Brembo and SGL Group, and he serves on the Board of various subsidiaries.

He is the Chairman of ANFIA, the Italian Automotive Association. Under his tenure the association underwent a significant overhaul for both governance and operating structure, as well as financial and economic results.

He is also member of the Board of Confindustria, the Italian Employers Association, taking part in the Internationalization Committee.

He was a CLEPA Vice- President and he has been a member of the CLEPA Board of Directors since 2004.

He holds a degree in Business Administration. Married with Graziella since 1985, he has two sons. He likes travelling, classical and opera music. He practices off-road motorbike and swimming.

At the General Assembly of CLEPA, the European automotive suppliers association, which was held in Paris on 12th June 2015, he was elected CLEPA President, starting office on 1st January 2016.

On Friday, 12 June, at the CLEPA General Assembly in Paris, Arnaud de David-Beauregard, CLEPA President, announced the appointment of Roberto Vavassori, CLEPA Vice-President, as the next CLEPA President starting office on 1 January 2016.


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CLEPA Secretary General

Sigrid de Vries joined CLEPA as Secretary General on the 1st of February 2017.

Before this, she had a similar position within an another industrial association in Brussels. She has a long track record of positions in Brussels in the field of communication and industry, including automotive industry. She started her career as a journalist writing on financial issues.

Mrs de Vries is Dutch, married and has two sons. Besides Dutch, she also speaks fluently English and German.