Until a permanent CEO is put in place, General Counsel John Whatley will head the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the most influential auto-industry lobby group in Washington. The Alliance released a statement to confirm that Whatley's appointment to replace Dave McCurdy is effective immediately.
Last Monday, 60-year-old McCurdy announced that he is leaving the Alliance, which he has headed since February 2007. McCurdy will continue as a consultant for the Alliance through the end of the year.
Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Ernst Lieb, chairman of the alliance, said that a new Congress is taking office, and its priority is to “communicate [its] priorities and advancements in auto safety and energy efficiency.” The statement also cited that the search for a permanent CEO will start next year.
This group is actually composed of GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota Motors Corp., and eight other carmakers. Whatley has worked at the Alliance on environmental and safety issues, dealer relations and consumer protection.
He joined the organization in 1999 from another auto-industry lobby, the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, where he served as assistant general counsel. [via autonews - sub. required]