DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. promoted longtime company executive Curt Magleby to vice president of U.S. governmental affairs in Washington.
Magleby replaces Pete Lawson, who'd taken the job at Ford three years ago and is leaving to start his own consulting firm.
Ford will be among Lawson's first clients, the Dearborn automaker said.
Magleby, who's been with Ford for more than two decades, has worked on a range of local and state policy issues as the company's director of government affairs.
He also brings to the new job international experience, having worked at Ford's manufacturing operations in Mexico, Malaysia and Singapore, the company said.
Magleby joined Ford in 1988 as a financial analyst for the automaker's electronic division after working for Exxon Corp. as a petroleum engineer.
Prior to joining Ford, Lawson was a chief lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
"Pete Lawson has contributed to so many high-profile issues that are of great importance to American manufacturing, the auto industry and Ford Motor Company during one of the most difficult periods in the U.S. economy," said Ziad Ojakli, Ford's group vice president for government and community relations.
During his three years at Ford, Lawson helped the automaker secure $5.9 billion in U.S. Department of Energy loans to retool plants to assemble more fuel-efficient vehicles.
He also led Ford's efforts to influence the Obama administration's proposed new fuel economy rules for the 2017-2025 model years.