Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers announced that Claudia Saran, KPMG LLP industrial manufacturing national sector leader, has been named to the NAM Board of Directors. Saran will join the NAM Board to bolster the association’s leadership in workforce solutions, operational excellence and news and insights. She will help the industry advance manufacturing to promote opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.
Founded in 1895, the NAM, guided by its Board of Directors, is the largest industrial trade association in the United States, with more than 14,000 members. The NAM is the nation’s most influential manufacturing advocate, and its membership includes some of the world’s most iconic brands and many of the small manufacturers that power the U.S. economy. Approximately 90% of the NAM’s members are small and medium-sized businesses. Executives on the NAM Board, which comprises leaders representing companies of all sizes in every industrial sector, are the driving force behind the NAM’s efforts.
The NAM is a one-stop shop for manufacturers, telling the story of our industry and equipping manufacturers with invaluable resources through our news and insights channels and partnerships with the Manufacturing Leadership Council, the Manufacturing Institute and the Innovation Research Interchange.
The NAM and its members are at the forefront of every important policy debate, focusing on solutions to help the industry compete in the global economy and to help the country address challenges ranging from supply disruptions and inflation to the workforce crisis, immigration, permitting, tax policy and energy security.
“I am honored to serve as a member of the NAM Board and to utilize my experience and perspective in support of the industry’s continued growth and evolution,” said Saran. “Our KPMG industrial manufacturing community and the NAM share a commitment to empowering and developing high potential talent interested in doubling down on careers in this innovative and impactful industry.”
Board members play a key role in the NAM and the MI’s Creators Wanted campaign, a member-driven initiative to inspire, educate and empower more Americans to pursue careers in modern manufacturing—and to shift perceptions about careers in the industry. The campaign, which supports MI programs for students, women, veterans and other underrepresented communities and features a first-of-its-kind mobile experience and tour, seeks to cut the skills gap by 600,000 workers by 2025 and increase the number of students enrolling in technical schools, vocational schools and apprenticeships by 25%, as well as increase the number of parents who would encourage their children to pursue a career in modern manufacturing to 50% from 27%.
“Claudia Saran is a leader in our industry, and the NAM will be stronger thanks to her service on our Board of Directors, which works to advance the values that have made America exceptional and our industry strong—free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Claudia will be contributing to the NAM’s efforts to strengthen manufacturing, grow our economy and advocate for the men and women of our industry.”
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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 nearly 13 million men and women, contributes $2.90 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 55% 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 NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.