WASHINGTON - The newly formed Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has retained seven former employees of the now-defunct American Automobile Manufacturers Association to help the fledgling trade association get off the ground.
The seven were given temporary contracts but likely will become permanent employees, according to sources.
About 90 AAMA officials and employees lost their jobs after General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and the former Chrysler Corp. decided to disband their high-powered trade association and create the alliance - with more member companies, a streamlined staff and narrower responsibilities. The alliance will concentrate on safety and environmental subjects.
The seven who have been retained and their specialties at AAMA are as follows:
Bob Babik, vehicle emissions
Julie Becker, environmental matters
Joe Cowden, accounting
Steve Douglas, California regulatory affairs
Andy Koblenz, legal issues
Mike Stanton, congressional lobbying
Vann Wilber, safety and international regulations.