DETROIT -- Michigan’s auto czar is resigning from the post to work for an automotive company in the state.
Nigel Francis, senior automotive adviser for the state of Michigan and senior vice president at the Michigan Economic Development Corp., will step down Nov. 14. He will be replaced by current vice president of the automotive office, Kevin Kerrigan.
Francis, 54, did not reveal what position he would be taking in the industry.
Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Francis to the position in September 2013 with the task of growing the state’s dominant industry. Besides launching the office and serving as the state’s mouthpiece on automotive issues, Francis promoted the state abroad on trade missions.
“Nigel Francis has set a high standard as the first person to head our automotive office and will be missed as he moves back to the auto industry. Nigel brought a number of achievements in creating the automotive office and developing an automotive sector strategic plan,” Snyder said in a statement.
Prior to joining the state, Francis served as chief technology officer for California electric drivetrain-maker Trexa Corp., executive vice president of defunct Bright Automotive as well as a vice president for Mercedes-Benz.
Kerrigan, 56, joined the office in December 2013. Prior, he served as chief engineer at Tata Technologies in Europe and president of Adaptive Systems LLC.