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Bainwol’s departure for Ford comes amid sector challenges

CEO of Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, praised as top Washington hand, moves to represent carmaker as tariff threat looms


March 1, 2019
By William Ehart

As CEO Mitch Bainwol leaves the $33 million-revenue Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers to become top lobbyist for Ford Motor, the carmaker and the industry face difficulties on a number of fronts.

His resignation was announced on Presidents Day, a day after the Commerce Department delivered a long-awaited report to the Trump administration that could lead to the imposition of tariffs on cars and auto parts. Bainwol was to start at Ford March 1.

The Auto Alliance said in its statement that the group will announce leadership plans “in the near future.”

Bainwol has led the group of 12 foreign and domestic carmakers since 2011. An Auto Alliance spokesperson said Bainwol no longer is doing interviews related to the group, and referred CEO Update to Ford upon his arrival at the company. Bainwol will remain based in Washington, D.C.