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.

Before joining CLEPA, she was Secretary General of CECE, the association of the European construction equipment industry.

Sigrid started her career as a financial journalist for the Amsterdam Stock Exchange and Het Financieele Dagblad (FD), the Dutch financial daily. She became the paper’s EU correspondent in Brussels in 1998, reporting on everything from EU enlargement to industrial policy and economic governance. She moved as Germany correspondent to Berlin in 2001, covering the country’s political and economic developments for FD and the Belgian financial newspaper De Tijd.

In 2006, she became director of communications at ACEA, the European automobile manufacturers association in Brussels. She subsequently led the European communications and institutional relations efforts of the commercial and industrial vehicle manufacturer CNH Industrial, as VP and part of the EMEA management board in Turin and Brussels, before taking the lead at CECE in 2014.

She became Secretary General of CLEPA in 2017. Sigrid de Vries is a Dutch national, married and has two sons.