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3/6/2003



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NITL's Emmett to step down in March, rather than May


Ed Emmett will only be championing shipper causes for a couple more weeks.



After consulting with National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) Chairman Tom Pellington, Emmett — who in January announced he’d resign May 6 "or at a date more advantageous and mutually agreeable" to NITL — now plans to leave the league March 21, according to a prepared statement.



"Since I have three weeks of travel planned after that, it makes more sense for me to move up my departure date," said Emmett, who's been NITL's president for the past 10 years.



Also, Kathy Luhn, NITL vice president for domestic policy, resigned to accept another position.

"Finding the right time to leave is always difficult, but this is a relatively calm time for the league, in terms of domestic policy issues, and I really cannot let these opportunities pass by," Luhn said.



Both Emmett and Luhn did "a great job in representing this organization and helping to build it into a global presence," Pellington said.



Meanwhile, NITL tabbed one of its own to serve as acting president: Peter Gatti, vice president of international policy. An 18-year NITL veteran, Gatti "is widely recognized as a respected spokesman for the organization," Pellington said.
















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