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In recent weeks, the hunt for Castellani’s replacement has taken a number of unexpected turns, as once-prominent contenders bowed out of the race or took other gigs. Retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) told Roll Call on Dec. 10 that he was no longer interested in the job, even though he had been considered the frontrunner. And former top Citigroup Inc. lobbyist Nick Calio, who worked in both Bush administrations, was named president and CEO of the Air Transport Association of America in late November.
Engler said Tuesday that he was about to re-up for another five years at NAM when the BRT reached out to him a week ago. He called his decision to leave “bittersweet.”
“This has moved fairly quickly, and I didn’t sit down with the BRT CEOs until last week,” he said. “I didn’t really start December thinking I’d end December making this announcement.”
NAM is expected to name Engler’s interim replacement on Tuesday afternoon.