VALE: RAY BROWN
The AAAA was deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of Australian automotive industry stalwart Ray Brown
Ray Brown was a valued member of the industry for more than forty years and until recently was a key contributor to the work of the AAAA, sitting on the National Council for five years (2003-2008), holding the position of Director from 2006 to 2008 and providing technical support until 2017.
He was also the Technical Editor and regular columnist for Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine from 2009 to 2017.
As part of his four-decades-long career, Ray spent 35 years at the Toyota Motor Corporation Australia. He spent 13 of those years as a member of the Board of Directors with responsibilities including manufacturing, product development and purchasing amongst others, and for five years he held the position of Executive Vice President.
After leaving Toyota, Ray went on to work with Davies Craig Pty Ltd as an engineering consultant for three years from 2000, before joining the team full-time in 2003 for a further five years as its Technical and Marketing Director. During his time with the automotive cooling products company, he was a key contributor to many of the products offered by Davies Craig to the aftermarket today and was responsible for R&D, sales, marketing and quality.
He was also a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, Australia; a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; and a member of SAE-A since 1976.
With the SAE-A, Ray was a past Secretary and Chairman of the society’s Technical Board and served as President from 1989 to 1991.
His contributions to the automotive industry didn’t end there. In the early 90s, he was also a major contributor to the activities of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries and was a member of the Federal Government’s National Road Trauma Advisory Council.
Ray is survived by his wife Cheryle and his children Paul, Scott, Lauren and Ryan. He will be sadly missed and all at the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association send their condolences to Ray’s family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.