Paul McCarthy has been named head of the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Association (AASA), a division of MEMA.
McCarthy served nearly three years as second in command and executive vice president at AASA, and prior to that as senior vice president of MEMA.
McCarthy takes the helm of AASA at a critical time, as aftermarket suppliers face both opportunity and challenges in the wake of rapid technological advances and an uncertain trade environment.
“Data access and consumer freedom of choice in repair and maintenance are, and will continue to be, one of the biggest issues our members will grapple with in coming years,” McCarthy said. “With uncertainty being the new political certainty, aftermarket suppliers need to be nimble and prepared. AASA is well positioned to help members meet the challenges, capitalize on the opportunities ahead, and provide companies with the tools they need to succeed. The entire AASA team is prepared to help our member companies reach and exceed their goals in real and meaningful ways.”
The AASA represents a $1 trillion global sector of the wider motor vehicle manufacturing industry with a significant economic impact and job-creating power.
It’s mission, and McCarthy’s primary focus, is to advance the aftermarket industry and the business interests of its members and to support a high-growth, profitable, innovative, and influential aftermarket supplier industry.
“Paul is a recognized and valuable thought-leader who has successfully led many of AASA’s landmark studies and research,” said Bill Long, outgoing president. “He brings the right set of experience, skills, and strategic thinking necessary to lead AASA during this time of transformation in vehicle technology and significant shifts in the global marketplace.”