KTM's Pierer replaces BMW's Diess at ACEM

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KTM CEO Stefan Pierer has been elected president of the Association of European Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), filling the position opened by the departure of BMW Motorrad President Herbert Diess.

ACEM is the professional body representing the interests of 11 motorcycle manufacturers and 14 associations representing European countries.

Pierer, 51, has been KTM's managing director and a principal shareholder in KTM since using his CROSS Industries AG to gain control of the manufacturer in 1992. Pierer co-founded CROSS, an investment company specializing in restructuring Austrian midsized industrial companies, in 1987.

Diess stepped back from ACEM presidency following two terms in the position. ACEM says Diess' presidency was highlighted by a growth in the organization's membership and a focus on the analysis of road safety and urban transport.

In other changes to ACEM's leadership structure, the organization also confirmed Leo Francesco Mercanti, managing Director of Aprilia and VP of Piaggio, as ACEM VP, and elected BMW Motorrad's EVP Fritz Geri as ACEM's second VP.

"Mr. Diess has steered our association when the environment and social responsibility affirmed themselves as key elements of the public policy debate. I wish to work on the same common priorities and opportunities for the benefit of the powered two-wheel industry in Europe," says Pierer.

ACEM members include Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Peugeot, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha, as well as motorcycle industry organizations representing 14 countries in Europe.