WASHINGTON -- The auto industry's most seasoned Washington representative is stepping down. Tim MacCarthy, 61, is retiring as president of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, an organization statement said Friday.
He will be replaced by Mike Stanton, 61, a veteran lobbyist for automakers. Since 1999, Stanton has been vice president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. He previously was a top lobbyist for the Big 3's former trade association.
In the statement, MacCarthy called Stanton "one of the most knowledgeable and effective advocates in the industry."
The association represents 14 import-brand automakers, including Hyundai, Honda and Nissan, along with several suppliers and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. The alliance represents the Big 3 and six import-brand companies. Toyota and Mitsubishi belong to both organizations.
MacCarthy has led the association since 2000. In the previous 25 years, he headed Washington operations for Nissan North America Inc. and held positions at the former Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association.
Stanton is expected to take over in August.
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