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Ford Announces New Chief Lobbyist

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On February 18, 2019 the Ford Motor Company announced that Mitch Bainwol will be appointed to chief government relations officer, effective March 1, 2019. Bainwol has also been elected as a company officer. Bainwol, age 59, will lead a global team helping to shape policy and legislation while promoting business objectives of the Ford Motor Company.

Bainwol and his team will place their focus on areas of international trade, the environment, technology, autonomous vehicles, mobility, driver safety, and taxation. As head of Ford’s global government relations, Bainwol will direct engagement with governments in 110 markets throughout the world where Ford Motor Company conducts business. Bainwol will report to Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of global operations.

“We are thrilled to have Mitch lead our talented global team of government relations professionals and thank Curt for his leadership over these past few months,” said Hinrichs. “Mitch brings significant policy and legislative experience coupled with a vision for the future of this industry that will be invaluable as we work toward our goal of becoming the world’s most trusted company, designing smart vehicles in a smart world.”

Bainwol is a 33-year veteran and has served in a variety of leadership roles working with government leaders. Bainwol served as president and CEO for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers since 2011, was responsible for representing automakers from the U.S., Europe, and Japan on a range of safety, environmental, and technology issues.

“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 Hinrichs. “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.”

Curt Magleby has served as interim lead lobbyist for Ford since August, and will continue his duties as vice president of U.S. government relations, reporting directly to Bainwol.

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Austin is an automotive enthusiast from Buffalo, NY with a passion for speed. When Austin isn't writing about the auto industry you can find him racing go-karts, competing in time attack events, or autocrossing his 2017 Toyota 86—with a manual transmission, of course!

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