The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers announced Dec. 19 that Dave McCurdy will become the new president of the Alliance beginning February 12, 2007. "We are grateful to have someone of Dave's experience, stature and knowledge of Washington issues lead our association at such an important time in history," said Jim Press, president of Toyota Motor North America and Chairman of the Alliance. "Dave is a proven bipartisan leader who has demonstrated his ability to build consensus and cooperation on key policy issues, " said Press.
The Alliance is a trade association of nine car and light truck manufacturers including BMW Group, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen
McCurdy is currently president and CEO of the Electronic Industries Alliance and a former Democratic Congressman from Oklahoma. He served 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives from the fourth district of Oklahoma from 1981-1995. While in Congress, he served as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Chairman of the Military Installation and facilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Transportation, Aviation and Materials Subcommittee of the Science and Space Committee
As president of the Electronic Industries Alliance he helped promote the market development and competitiveness of the U.S. high-tech industry through domestic and international policy efforts for EIA's nearly 1,300 member companies according a statement.