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Robert L. Darbelnet New President Of The AIT, Lauchlan McIntosh Appointed Treasurer Of The AIT

5.11.2001

Robert L. Darbelnet has been elected President of the AIT for a three-year term of office at the 2001 AIT General Assembly held in Cologne, Germany. Australia's AAA Executive Director, Lauchlan McIntosh, has been appointed Treasurer of AIT, replacing Mr. Darbelnet who previously held the position.

Robert L. Darbelnet is currently president and CEO of the American Automobile Association (AAA) and has been in this position since 1 January 1995, after serving 11 years as CEO of CAA-Quebec (Canada) and more than two decades after beginning his career as an emergency road service driver for the Quebec Automobile Club.

Mr. Darbelnet is a member of the Board of Directors of the USA National Tourism Organization, the National Petroleum Council, ITS America, Alliance Forest Products Inc. and the Ontario Corp. He also served on the Framework Committee of the Issues Task Force for the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism.

On the international front, Mr. Darbelnet has served as president of the North American region of the AIT, has been on the AIT management committee serving as treasurer and is presently on the AIT/ FIA World Board. He has just been elected Deputy President of the FIA for Tourism & the Automobile and is an elected member of the FIA Senate. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Federación Interamericana de Touring y Automóvil-Clubes (FITAC).

Mr. Darbelnet is a graduate of Sainte-Foy College in Quebec and earned a bachelor's degree in law from Laval University, Quebec. From 1982–1986, he served as chairman of the Sainte-Foy College Board of Directors and taught at the college from 1978–1982.

Mr. McIntosh has been Executive Director of the Australian Automobile Association since 1994 and is also President of Intelligent Transport Systems Australia.

Internationally, Mr. McIntosh is Chairman of Conference week of the AIT/FIA (the international bodies representing over 225 clubs and 100-million members). He is also Secretary of the AIT Region II area.

Mr. McIntosh has a First Class Honours degree in Science, a graduate Diploma in Business and Administration and a Master of Management Science. He is also a Harkness fellow and studied at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States.

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