The Trump administration has appointed Heidi King, a former health and safety risk executive at GE Capital, to serve as deputy administrator at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
King will also function as NHTSA’s acting administrator until the administrator’s position is filled.
King worked as global director of environmental health and safety risk at GE Capital from 2013 to 2016. Prior to that position, she was chief economist for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Her experience also includes two stints serving as a regulatory policy analyst at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, according to NHTSA and her Linkedin page.
NHTSA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation, is tasked with preventing traffic injuries and deaths as well as reducing economic costs associated with crashes. The agency pursues these goals through education, research, safety standards and enforcement actions.