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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 13, 2015 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) today announced that Anne Forristall Luke will be the organization’s next president and CEO. Luke will officially begin January 1, 2016. She succeeds Charles Cannon who is retiring from RMA after nearly eight years.
“Leading the RMA team and its membership into the second century of support and advocacy for the great contributions of our industry is an exciting challenge,” said Gary Garfield, RMA Chair, Board of Directors, and CEO and president, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. “Anne brings a breadth and depth of experience in public policy and is a proven, effective and visionary leader who earned the confidence of the RMA Board of Directors after a thorough executive search process this year.”
“RMA represents an extraordinary and innovative industry and I am confident that Anne will provide strong leadership for RMA members,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO.
“On behalf of everyone affiliated with the RMA, I also want to acknowledge Charlie’s leadership of and contributions to the RMA’s success since 2008 and wish him well in his retirement,” Garfield added.
Luke has more than 30 years of Washington government relations, public affairs and executive leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Before joining RMA, Luke served as vice president, political and public affairs at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the trade association for off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers operating in the agricultural, construction, forestry, mining and utilities industries.
Prior to AEM, Luke was president of the U.S. Tuna Foundation, representing the domestic and international business interests of the U.S. canned tuna processing industry. She also was a principal at MGN Inc., an independent government relations firm, and served as senior vice president and leader of public affairs in the Washington office of Ketchum Inc., a global public relations firm.
Luke began her career in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and held a variety of posts on Capitol Hill, including professional staff member of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S. All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.