The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) has elected David Kneisler (left) as its new chairman, replacing John Batchik. Kniesler is vice president of global quality at Dana Holding, a leading powertrain components supplier. He has been on the AIAG board since 2006 and for the past four years has served as vice chairman.

“Anything that we can do as an industry to positively impact product safety or quality, or to improve industry efficiency, benefits the OEMs, the entire supply base, and the consumer," said Kneisler, who will serve a 24-month term as AIAG chairman.

The AIAG works collaboratively with automotive and manufacturing companies, suppliers, and service providers to help improve efficiency and is a not-for-profit organisation.

J. Scot Sharland, AIAG's executive director, thanked outgoing chairman John Batchik, vice president of quality at Freudenberg-NOK, for taking AIAG's performance to higher levels and for helping the organisation expand more deeply into corporate responsibility, the environment, and health and safety.

"John's service on the board covered a challenging period as the industry continued its rise from recession," said Sharland. "We are particularly grateful for his steady hand and clear vision, which helped our members emerge as more efficient companies with higher quality products."