Former basketball great Dave Bing will give up his title as chairman of the auto parts company he founded now that hes mayor of Detroit.
Kirk Lewis, CEO of the Bing Group, said in an interview today that Dave Bing, 65, had not been involved in the day-to-day operations of the company for several years.
He defeated interim Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. Tuesday by a 52 percent to 48 percent vote in a special election to fill the remainder of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's term.
The plan has always been that Dave was going to focus more on community events and education and non-Bing Group functions, and he has been doing that, Lewis said. We were prepared for this roughly two years ago.
Bing Group, which has 500 employees and annual sales of about $130 million, is a Tier 1 supplier of flat-rolled steel and metal stampings.
Lewis said employees were enthused about the election of the former Detroit Piston and seven-time National Basketball Association all-star to lead the city.