Anne Forristall Luke Will Take Over as the RMA's CEO on Jan. 1

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Anne Forristall Luke Will Take Over as the RMA's CEO on Jan. 1

Anne Forristall Luke will be the Rubber Manufacturers Association's next CEO and president. She will officially begin Jan. 1, 2016.

She succeeds Charles Cannon, who is retiring from the RMA after nearly eight years at the helm.

"Leading the RMA team and its membership into the second century of support and advocacy
for the great contributions of our industry is an exciting challenge,” says Gary Garfield, chairman of the RMA and CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas Inc. “Anne brings a breadth and depth of experience in public policy and is a proven, effective and visionary leader who earned the confidence of the RMA Board of Directors after a thorough executive search process this year."

Forristall Luke has more than 30 years of Washington government relations, public affairs and executive leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Before joining RMA, Luke served as vice president, political and public affairs at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the trade association for off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers operating in the agricultural, construction, forestry, mining and utilities industries.

Prior to AEM, Forristall Luke was president of the U.S. Tuna Foundation, representing the domestic and
international business interests of the U.S. canned tuna processing industry. She also was a
principal at MGN Inc., an independent government relations firm, and served as senior vice
president and leader of public affairs in the Washington office of Ketchum Inc., a global public
relations firm.

She began her career in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S.
Department of Justice and held a variety of posts on Capitol Hill, including professional staff
member of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.

"On behalf of everyone affiliated with the RMA, I also want to acknowledge Charlie's leadership
of and contributions to the RMA's success since 2008 and wish him well in his retirement," adds Garfield.

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