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 was also 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.

CLEPA Secretary General

Sigrid de Vries has held various positions in public affairs, industry and media over the past 25 years.

Sigrid de Vries is Secretary General of CLEPA since 2017 and, in close concert with the association’s team and members, much of the daily work focusses on the transformation towards safe, smart and sustainable mobility, translating the sector’s technology solutions and industrial realities into tangible policy recommendations.

A Dutch national, Sigrid studied journalism in the Netherlands and joined the country’s financial daily in Amsterdam in 1994. From 1998, as EU correspondent in Brussels, she covered EU politics, internal market and enlargement.

Sigrid moved to Berlin, Germany, in 2002 to report on the country’s politics, international relations, economy and business. In 2006, she became director communications & public relations at the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) in Brussels.

From 2012, she lead the external relations and communications department at CNH Industrial in Turin, Italy as VP and member of the EMEA region’s management committee. Before joining CLEPA, she was Secretary General of the Association of the European Construction Equipment Industry (CECE) in Brussels.