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Marion Blakey

98 - Marion Blakey
2012 Rank: 63

President & CEO, Aerospace Industries Association
Blakey has had a tough couple of years trying to guide the Aerospace Industries Association through the beginnings of the defense downturn. The organization’s all-out assault on the sequester failed to prevent it from taking effect, and AIA’s stand on Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notices permanently separated it from the Obama administration with which it had been working closely to protect defense spending. 2013 saw the group reorganize its national security staff, toning down some of the tougher rhetoric in favor of efforts to garner more communication between industry and DoD.