RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - Chris Bates is the new president and CEO of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, the principal trade association of automotive suppliers.
Bates, 46, took the helm of the 700-member organization on Feb. 1. He moved up from executive vice president and COO.
He has been with the association since 1991.
He replaces Robert Miller, president for the past decade, who will remain active as MEMA's president emeritus until 2003, the association said.
Association subsidiaries are the Management Information Services Group and MEMA Financial Services Group. The Original Equipment Suppliers Association in Troy, Mich., is a MEMA affiliate.
Here are other changes and additions to the MEMA leadership:
Claire Heffernan, 47, is the new vice president of government relations. She was previously on the staff of Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo.
Ana Lopes, 27, moves up to director of public affairs from manager of public affairs and international programs.
Heffernan and Lopes are in MEMA's Washington, D.C., office.
Paul Foley, 57, becomes vice president of aftermarket services and membership development, a new position.
He was general manager of replacement products at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Foley is in MEMA's North Carolina headquarters.
Rosemary Hall, 50, is the new director of conference and meeting services, another new post. She was senior vice president of Martin Fromm & Associates.
Hall heads a new MEMA office in Kansas City, Mo.