June 18, 2015 – Heidrick & Struggles has placed former Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. James Gerlach as president and chief executive officer of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC).
The search was led by Heidrick’s education & social enterprise practice group based in Washington, D.C. Former U.S. Congressman Gerlach joins BIPAC with an extensive career in public service and the private sector. Rep. Gerlach served Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District for 12 years where he most recently served on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Subcommittee on Health and Select Revenue. Prior to his tenure with the U.S. Congress, Rep. Gerlach also served four years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and eight years in the Pennsylvania Senate. An attorney by training, Rep. Gerlach joins BIPAC from Venable LLP.
Mr. Gerlach succeeds Gregory Casey as BIPAC’s fifth chief executive since its inception in 1963. Along with Heidrick & Struggles, the organization’s search committee consisted of members and partners from across the nation.
“Rep. Gerlach’s expertise in free market-based public policies that create jobs and promote economic prosperity, combined with his trusted expertise in state and federal governments, will drive additional value to our Prosperity Project network of partners and members spanning all 50 states,” said former U.S. Congressman and BIPAC board member The Honorable Tom Tauke.
Since 1963, BIPAC has guided business through the political process. Today, BIPAC functions as the engine behind America’s largest grassroots business network assisting over 7,300 companies and associations with communications to employee/retiree voters about elections, candidates, and issues.
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Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media