ABA Executive Director Resigns

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ABA Executive Director Henry F. White Jr. has resigned after three years at the helm of the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. ABA General Counsel R. Thomas Howell Jr. has been named interim executive director.

“I wish Hank White well in his future endeavors, and thank him for his service to the ABA over the past three years,” President Carolyn B. Lamm said in a statement. “I know that Tom Howell, who has served the association for many years both as a leading member and more recently as chief legal officer, will ensure that the association continues to serve its members and the public through a transition to new leadership.”

William C. Hubbard of Columbia, S.C., who chairs the ABA’s policy-making House of Delegates, will head a search committee to identify a permanent successor to White.

Before joining the ABA, White served as President of the Institute of International Container Lessors, a trade association for the international container and chassis leasing industry. He had previously been a lawyer in private practice and government service in New York City, and had retired from the Naval Reserve as a Rear Admiral.

Howell became general counsel of the ABA in 2007, after being of counsel to Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw for 10 years. He had previously served as vice president and general counsel of the Quaker Oats Co.

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