The US National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has named Peter Welch its new president from 1 February.

Welch has been president and chief executive officer of the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) in Sacramento since 2003 and has managed its government affairs office since 1990. It’s the country’s largest state organisation for new car dealers.

“Peter will be a great leader at NADA,” said chairman Bill Underriner. “He has an impressive track record in California where every day he faced some of the toughest regulatory and legislative issues in the industry. He’s a car guy who comes highly recommended not just from people in California, but also across the nation.”

Prior to joining the CNCDA, Welch was a partner with a Los Angeles law firm.

Underriner also announced other promotions, effective immediately: Joseph Cowden, executive vice president, chief operating officer and CFO; Andrew Koblenz, executive vice president, legal and regulatory affairs and general counsel; and David Regan, executive vice president, legislative affairs.

NADA dates back to 1917 and now represents about 16,000 new car and truck dealers, with 32,500 franchises both domestic and international.