The inductees receive their lifetime achievement awards from the heads of the respective associations
Europe’s Christer Karlsson, Asia-Pacific’s Ismail bin Md Salleh, and America’s Mike Doyle, are this year’s winners of the ITS Lifetime Achievement Award that recognises a person who personifies the highest standards of leadership, and has helped drive the ITS industry forward.
Karlsson is best known for his role with ITS Sweden and his commitment in promoting, encouraging and nurturing his huge network of international contacts to spread and share knowledge of ITS.
He built international relationships and initiated and became the first chair of the Network of European National ITS organisations.
Karlsson’s contributions to European projects have been impressive, from the pioneering EC Framework Programme projects, through his leadership of the Viking euro-regional project which coordinated ITS developments across four European countries and five Northern German Länder, to the major role he played in helping establish the EasyWay programme.
Econolite chairman and chief executive officer Mike Doyle has held this position since acquiring the company in February 1978 as part of a private partnership acquisition.
Under Doyle’s leadership, Econolite expanded to serve many aspects of the transportation market, offering products and services from Econolite, Econolite Canada, and Econolite Systems.
Doyle, a past chair of ITS America, spent many years serving on the ITSA board of directors and leadership circle. In 2013, he was inducted into the ITS America Hall of Fame.
Ismail bin Md Salleh, has been responsible for planning, construction, operation and monitoring of all Malaysia’s privatised highways and oversaw the migration to full ETC adoption nationwide.
He is a registered professional engineer, a fellow of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (FIEM), council member of Road Engineering Asia and Australasia (REAAA), deputy president of Road Engineering of Malaysia (REAM), president of ITS Malaysia, and chairman of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (Malaysia Branch) (CiHTMB). Currently, he is the director general of Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) since 2009.