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NAM Chooses Governor Engler As New Chief Executive, Effective October 1


Washington, DC, Jun 21, 2004

The National Association of Manufacturers has announced the successor to outgoing NAM President Jerry Jasinowski. The NAM Executive Committee chose the Honorable John M. Engler, former Governor of the State of Michigan, as the next president and CEO of the NAM, the largest industrial trade association in the United States.

“Governor Engler’s track record in Michigan shows that he understands manufacturers and their workers, the importance of manufacturing to the country and how to get things done,” stated NAM Chairman Richard E. Dauch, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of American Axle & Manufacturing in Detroit, Michigan. Dauch went on to say, “Governor Engler is an ideal choice to lead the NAM to even higher levels of excellence.”

“John Engler’s record demonstrates a unique combination of innovative leadership, management know-how and the public and business policy sophistication that make him an excellent choice to be the next NAM President,” Jasinowski said.

“I am very excited about the prospect of leading the NAM and its 14,000 large and small manufacturer members. The NAM is the premier voice for manufacturing in America, and the health of manufacturing is essential to economic growth and job opportunities for American workers,” said Governor Engler.

Michael Jordan, Chairman and CEO of EDS, Engler’s current employer, said: “The leadership of the NAM has chosen wisely. John Engler will assume the leadership of the nation’s largest industrial trade association with my support and the support of more than 120,000 EDS employees. A vibrant manufacturing sector is good for America and good for EDS. I congratulate John and wish him all the best.”

“I believe America must continue to be a nation where innovative enterprises and productive workers can make products that will set the standard for the world. ‘Making things’ is America’s legacy, and the NAM will play a vital role in making sure it remains our destiny,” continued Engler.

With the assistance of Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., the global leader in executive recruitment, the NAM engaged in a comprehensive search of qualified individuals both within the organization and nationally. The principal goal was to find a president and chief executive officer that could best position the NAM to advance American manufacturing through policy, communications, public affairs and member involvement activities.

Governor Engler’s nomination will be formally ratified by the full NAM Board of Directors at their September board meeting, and he will assume his new position on October 1, 2004.

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