Mazda Chief Lobbyist Nocera to Retire
Ryan Named Successor
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2012
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations
(MNAO) announces the retirement of longtime chief lobbyist Barbara Nocera,
effective December 31, 2012. Nocera led the Washington, DC, government and
public affairs team for more than 15 years.
During her tenure, Nocera helped champion significant CAFE regulations,
U.S.-Japan trade issues and automotive safety advances. She was also
instrumental in helping to structure the historic Cash for Clunkers program in
2009, which helped the automotive industry stay afloat during the devastating
economic recession. In addition to serving as the chief representative for
Mazda in state and federal affairs, Nocera served as the program director for
Mazda's corporate foundation, where she oversaw the donations to various
charitable organizations. Under her leadership, the Mazda Foundation
distributed over $8 million to worthy organizations. Prior to joining Mazda,
Nocera served as a leading lobbyist and government affairs manager for Honda
North America for nearly 17 years.
"Barbara Nocera has been an outstanding advocate for Mazda," said MNAO
President and CEO Jim O'Sullivan. "Her leadership has been indispensable for
helping to strengthen Mazda's position in the U.S. and her keen insight and
diligence will be greatly missed."
Mazda, today, also announced that Dan Ryan will succeed Nocera as its Director
of Government and Public Affairs located at its Washington, DC, office. Ryan
joined Mazda in 2001 as manager of government and safety affairs where he
advocates on a variety of auto safety issues. Ryan also serves as the primary
liaison with leadership at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Consumer
New to Mazda's government advocacy team is Sean McMorrow. McMorrow will hold
the position of manager - government affairs. McMorrow comes to Mazda from
Representative Dale Kildee's (D-MI) office where he served as senior policy
advisor. In his role with Representative Kildee's office, McMorrow co-managed
the bipartisan Congressional Automotive Caucus where he coordinated events
with industry leaders, the executive branch, labor representatives and key
stakeholders. McMorrow will take the lead on advocating for environmental and
trade issues for Mazda.
Rounding out the Mazda government affairs team is Tamara Mlynarczyk, manager
of public affairs, and Matt Erwin, state affairs specialist. Mlynarczyk was
also recently named the new program director for the Mazda Foundation (USA),
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and
oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda
vehicles in the United States and Mexico through more than 700
dealers.Operations in Mexico are managed byMazdaMotor de Mexico in
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Contact: Tamara Mlynarczyk, Mazda North American Operations, 202-467-5092
SOURCE Mazda North American Operations
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