Kevin Moran appointed new EVP for Battery Council International

Kevin Moran started work on February 12 as the new executive vice president for Battery Council International. He takes over from Mark Thorsby, who stepped down at the end of last year. He takes over BCI at a critical moment in the history of the lead battery industry in the US and internationally.

There are major regulatory issues on the use of lead — from blood lead levels for industry workers to ground pollution — that are still unresolved and in which BCI is playing a major role in advancing policy.

He will also be in charge of BCI’s North American Advancing Lead Batteries Communication Initiative, which aims to dispel some of the myths about lead batteries as well as highlight their benefits and essential uses. The programme was launched in September with the appointment of Lisa Dry as the communications director.

Moran’s background certainly would appear to fit in well with his new work at BCI.

For the last six years Moran has been a director in the Chemical Products and Technology Division for the American Chemistry Council, where he led several self-funded trade associations.

“There are many similarities in what I did for the ACC and what I’ll be doing at BCI,” Moran told Batteries International. “And clearly a materials background will be an advantage in many substantive issues the lead industry is facing.”

Although the BCI administration will continue to operate from Chicago, Illinois Moran will be based with Dry in Washington, DC.

Moran and Dry have worked together — “and worked together well” he says — in the past at the ACC.

Certainly Dry has a high opinion of him from three years working together.  “As the director of several panels — think of each panel as a mini-trade association under the larger ACC umbrella — Kevin was a one-man band serving as executive director, finance officer, project manager, technical, regulatory and government affairs expert and mediator for each,” she said.

“As his communications support I had the close-up perspective of his leadership, organizational, collaboration and communication skills to manage each panel’s diverse membership.

“The panel members are often fierce competitors in the business world, but look to Kevin to lead them to mutual success in shared goals.”

Moran has been active in policymaking and lobbying in Washington DC for more than two decades — four years after gaining his bar licence in 1993, he worked as legislative counsel for Jon Kyl, senator, for Arizona.

In 1997 he moved from Arizona to join Kyl’s team in Washington DC. “My wife and I agreed we’d spend a couple of years in DC — that was about the average staffers’ time spent in the capital,” he says. “But here we are 21 years later!”

In 2002 he moved to become a director for the Western Governors’ Association — a politically neutral organization of 22 US governors that work on key policy and governance issues in the west of the US.

His work as an advocate for the body required a fine sensitivity to the conflicting interests of the many political heavyweights of the time — think Californian governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska and Bill Richardson, then the former US secretary of state for energy.

He later worked as a legislative director in 2008 for the then fledgling Bipartisan Policy Center.

Moran, interviewed in the first week of his job, says his immediate focus is “to get his feet under the table by meeting his work team, meeting BCI’s executive committee board and getting to grips with how the organization works”.

“His experience within the non-profit industry and familiarity with advocacy initiatives will benefit the unique needs of our association,” said Jeff Elder, BCI Board President. “We look forward to starting the new year with strong leadership, allowing us to bring value to our membership and the lead battery industry as a whole.”

For the next few months he will be working with Mark Thorsby in a transition process leading up to the BCI annual convention in Tucson, Arizona on April 29.

Moran, 56, is married and has two daughters and a son. He lives just outside of Washington DC in Virginia.