TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - The Automotive Industry Action Group has its first permanent executive director in Andrew Cummins.
The move was made to bring some continuity to AIAG's leadership.
Cummins officially started Aug. 4.
The organization also expanded its board last week with the addition of a fifth automaker. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, it added a member from Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. to the 23-member board.
In July, AIAG added Gene Tabor of Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc. to its board of directors, the first non-Big 3 representative on the group's board.
Cummins, formerly vice president of corporate communications for Oxford Automotive, a Tier 1 supplier of specialized metal-formed modules and assemblies, said he wants to raise the awareness of the group.
"I think you're going to see more projects completed on time, and in that way you're going to see more communications from AIAG on what we're doing," Cummins said in an interview at the Management Briefing Seminars here on Aug. 7. "We're going to raise the awareness of activities at AIAG by a great deal."
The not-for-profit group of automakers, suppliers and technology companies collaborates on projects that benefit the industry. AIAG has borrowed personnel from the automakers and suppliers.
Cummins replaces Linda Plawecki, an executive on loan from Ford Motor Co. Plawecki had been purchasing manager for Ford's Powertrain Machinery and Tooling organization.
Making the executive director position permanent is significant, Plawecki said.
"When you rotate in a position every year, you don't have the continuity to really take the organization to the next level and be ahead of the game," she said.
"You're more in a reaction role. So a permanent executive director is a major step that is truly moving the organization in a new direction."