Congrats, Boss! NAM’s John Engler Moves to Business Roundtable

By December 21, 2010Miscellaneous

From The Business Roundtable, “Business Roundtable Names John Engler President“:

Washington – Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, today announced that it has named former Gov. John Engler as its President, effective January 15, 2011.  

Engler currently is President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the U.S. A former three-term governor of Michigan, Engler has been NAM president since October 1, 2004.  

As NAM president, Engler has been a leading advocate for the nearly 12 million Americans employed directly in manufacturing, educating the public and policymakers on issues that affect this critical sector of the U.S. economy. Under Engler, the NAM has had unprecedented growth and has boosted its dues revenues by 28 percent.  

“As a Governor, John forged progressive public policy. As the NAM’s President, he has been an effective, articulate spokesman for manufacturing. He has championed U.S. competitiveness around the world – often working arm-in-arm with Business Roundtable – and has tirelessly advocated policies that create jobs in the U.S. Respected in Washington on both sides of the aisle, John has spurred NAM to grow in both size and influence, even as its members faced difficult economic times. His leadership skills, policy expertise and broad background in both the public and private sectors uniquely qualify him to be BRT’s new president. We’re thrilled that John is joining BRT at this important moment for American businesses,” said Ivan G. Seidenberg, Chairman of Business Roundtable and Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications.  

“I have immensely enjoyed my six years at the NAM and thank the many terrific people with whom I’ve worked,” Engler said. “Business Roundtable is a great organization with fantastic goals and a long history of accomplishment. At NAM, I worked closely with BRT. We share many of the same principles and aspirations, especially a dedication to creating good-paying jobs in the U.S. I am excited to have the opportunity to lead BRT and to advocate for American innovation and job growth on behalf of the country’s top business leaders. I look forward to continuing to help Americans and the U.S. economy by pressing for policies that increase employment, expand U.S. exports, enhance quality education and worker skills and lift unnecessary burdens on businesses, such as excessive taxation and regulation.”  

Engler succeeds John J. Castellani, who became President and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in September.  

Engler, 62, was sworn in as Michigan’s 46th governor in 1991. Prior to that, he served for 20 years in the Michigan Legislature, including seven years as state Senate Majority Leader. Born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan in 1948, Engler is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Engler’s one of the keenest policy and political minds we’ve ever encountered, the man who gave the go-ahead to, and he’s truly committed to fostering a competitive U.S. manufacturing sector. We expect him to continue that effort at the Business Roundtable, so congrats! 

 UPDATE (12:25 p.m.): News reports, decorated with dollops of speculation and opinion.

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