ATA names new boss

Chris Spear will succeed Bill Graves as president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, effective July 9.Chris Spear will succeed Bill Graves as president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, effective July 9.

The American Trucking Associations has named Chris Spear, former ATA senior vice president of legislative affairs, its next president and CEO, effective July 9.

Spear currently serves as vice president of government affairs at Hyundai Motor Company. He will replace current ATA President Bill Graves, who announced in October he would be stepping down at the end of 2016.

Spear was vice president of global government relations at Honeywell International, and he held Executive Branch positions including Assistant Secretary of Labor. Spear also served as professional staff for Sens. Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.).

Graves will continue to serve as an advisor to ATA throughout the rest of 2016.

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