AAIA appoints Wilkerson senior VP/regulatory and government affairs

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The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association announced the appointment of Sheryl Wilkerson as senior vice president of regulatory and government affairs. AAIA says the appointment will strengthen the current staff and bolster the association’s presence in Congress, regulatory agencies and in the global marketplace.

Wilkerson previously was president of Willow, where she advised automotive, telematics, industry associations and wireless and technology companies on regulatory, government affairs, public safety and technology issues. She has served as senior vice president of strategic and corporate services for Ygmoi, a family of global technology, call center, vehicle telematics, wireless and QSR businesses based in Oak Brook, Ill.

Wilkerson has been affiliated with a number of Washington, D.C. associations and law firms and has held senior staff positions at the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, federal judiciary, Federal Communications Commission and a vice presidential campaign.

“Sheryl will add depth and breadth to our government affairs team as we strive to strengthen our ongoing state and federal relationships and leadership role built by Aaron Lowe and his team while developing an ambitious international program for our member companies,” says Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and chief executive officer. “Bringing Sheryl on board with her extensive background and experience is especially timely and critical as the association confronts an ever-increasing number of domestic and global issues facing the aftermarket industry.”