Washington, D.C. – Michael W. Lamach, chairman and CEO of Ingersoll Rand, will serve as chair of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Board of Directors, succeeding David Seaton of Fluor Corporation. Jim Fitterling, CEO of Dow, will serve as vice chair.
I’m thrilled to be leading an organization that has such outsized influence in moving competitiveness policies in Washington. Whether it is working with the White House, the agencies or members of Congress—both Democrats and Republicans—the NAM is the most respected and influential voice in the room, said Lamach. This is an association on solid financial footing and with impressive membership growth—and it’s why our members have such trust in the best-in-class NAM team.
The NAM has developed a well-earned reputation for consistently proposing thoughtful, meaningful solutions to issues that affect American manufacturers like Dow. They do so in a constructive way, working to bring policy leaders together regardless of political party or affiliation, said Fitterling. The focus is on policy issues that are critical to our industry, and I am proud to serve on this respected board.
Manufacturing has experienced strong growth over the past few years, thanks in large part to game-changing tax and regulatory reform. The NAM Board of Directors is primed as manufacturers’ voice to help secure additional reforms to spur job creation, increase economic competitiveness and build a 21st-century manufacturing workforce.
Mike Lamach and Jim Fitterling are two of the most respected CEOs of Fortune 500 companies in the country, said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. They are forceful, effective spokespeople for the policies that ensure manufacturers remain competitive—tax reform, regulatory certainty, trade expansion, infrastructure investment, immigration reform, energy development, workforce development and more.
They are forward-thinking leaders with a commitment to the success of our industry and country—and the more than 12.8 million men and women who make things in America. Without a doubt, our association is in great hands with these exceptional individuals at the helm. And I look forward to working with them to keep manufacturing in the spotlight and to continue delivering results that exceed the expectations of our members.
In addition, Douglas Baker, Jr., chairman and CEO of Ecolab Inc., and Ruth Kimmelshue, corporate senior vice president of business operations & supply chain and chief sustainability of Cargill, joined the Executive Committee of the NAM’s Board of Directors.
The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.