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Ford Names Mitch Bainwol Chief Government Relations Officer

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Mitch Bainwol
Mitch Bainwol, Chief Government Relations Officer
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Ford Motor Company has named Mitch Bainwol its new Chief Government Relations Officer, with the appointment taking effect on March 1. Bainwol, 59, is the current president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a role in which he has served since 2011.

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As the head of the AAM, Bainwol acted as a lobbyist on behalf of a wide range of U.S., European, and Japanese automakers, interacting with state and federal officials on topics related to safety, technology, and the environment. Prior to joining the auto industry, Bainwol served as the chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, where he was heavily involved in efforts against illegal streaming and downloading of music. His experience working with government leaders spans 33 years, making him a logical choice for the role.

“Under Mitch’s leadership, our industry has come together to advance an innovation agenda focused on the new and emerging opportunities to increase safety, environment responsibility, and the freedom of movement,” said Joe Hinrichs, president, Global Operations. “We’re fortunate to have someone of Mitch’s experience and deep knowledge of the issues to champion policies that will allow Ford to lead in this new era of transportation.”

As Ford’s Chief Government Relations Officer, Bainwol will head up a team that will work to mold legislation and policy in the company’s favor across Ford’s 110 global markets. Issues that Government Relations tackles include but are not limited to international trade, autonomous vehicle technology, and taxes. He replaces Curt Magleby, who was serving as the interim leader of Government Relations and will now return to his role as vice president.

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