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Former Duke Energy planning manager to head S.C. Automotive Council

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Amy Tinsley has been named the new executive director of the S.C. Automotive Council. Tinsley, a former planning manager for Duke Energy, replaces Catherine Hayes, who resigned in September.

It is the second resignation in a month for the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance — which oversees the automotive council. President and CEO Lewis Gossett is stepping down from his post at the end of October. He is buying Columbia-based McMullen Public Affairs from Ed McMullen, who is in the confirmation process to be the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Tinsley takes over the automotive council after eight years at Duke Energy. Gossett called her “the perfect fit” for the position. She interned at the manufacturers alliance in 2008.

“She knows a lot of folks in the industry, and she is extremely smart,” Gossett said. “We are very happy to have her on board.”

Tinsley earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Presbyterian College and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. She will be based in Greenville.

Gossett became president and CEO of the alliance in 2003. He practiced labor and employment law at Ogletree Deakins from 1990 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2003. In between, Gossett was the director of the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

“These 14 1/2 years have been great,” Gossett said. “We have doubled in size and last year was the best year this group has ever had.”

He said his plans are to rename McMullen Public Affairs to Bridgeside Public Affairs.

Reach Matthew Clark at 864-720-1222.

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