WASHINGTON—The Rubber Manufacturers Association announced major changes in its leadership Nov. 13 with two new appointments: one as RMA president and CEO, the other as chairman of the RMA Board of Directors.
Anne Forristall Luke, previously vice president, political and public affairs, at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, will join the RMA Jan. 1 as its new president and CEO, replacing the retiring Charles A. Cannon.
“RMA represents an extraordinary and innovative industry, and I am confident that Anne will provide strong leadership for RMA members,” Cannon said of Luke.
Also, Gary Garfield, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas Inc., is taking over for the next two years as RMA board chairman. Garfield replaces Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc., who is stepping down after his two-year term as RMA chairman.
“Gary will continue a trend of strong leadership as chairman of the RMA Board of Directors,” Cannon said.
A veteran of more than 30 years in Washington, Luke began her career in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Later, she served in various posts on Capitol Hill, including professional staff member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Luke later served in top staff positions at government relations firm MGN Inc. and global public relations firm Ketchum Inc. Before joining the AEM, she was president of the U.S. Tuna Foundation, representing the U.S. canned tuna processing industry.