State Names New Leader Of Michigan Automotive Office

LANSING — The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has appointed Kevin T. Kerrigan as senior vice president to lead the state’s automotive office.

He succeeds Nigel Francis, who has taken a senior executive position with an auto company in the state.

Kerrigan, who has served with Francis as vice president of the state automotive office, brings experience in the global automotive sector in North America, Europe and Asia. He led his own automotive design and engineering company for 20 years and worked at an executive level for Tier 1 suppliers prior to joining the state auto office.

The state automotive office was formed by Gov. Rick Snyder and the MEDC in September 2013 to strengthen the relationship between the state and its largest industry. Michigan is a global center of the auto industry and leads the nation with more than 375 automotive research and development, engineering and tech centers. The state also leads on other auto benchmarks, including vehicle production, auto assembly plants, automotive parts suppliers and auto parts manufacturing.

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