Canary steps down from Business Council of Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Business Council of Alabama President Billy Canary stepped down Friday in the wake a wave of a number of high-profile departures from the organization.
Canary announced his retirement from the BCA and has accepted a position as senior fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He has led the group, long a major player in state politics, for the last 15 years.
“During my tenure, we have worked every day to make the BCA the most relevant and effective business advocacy association in Alabama,” Canary said in a statement.
The move comes after some of the state’s largest companies parted ways with the lobbying group, with some openly questioning its leadership. Alabama Power Co., Regions Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield and PowerSouth Energy Cooperative left the organization.
BCA Chairman Perry Hand said Canary had provided exceptional service to the BCA over the last 15 years and was the longest serving leader in the group’s 33-year history.
“From day one, Billy has worked to create partnerships, both statewide and nationally, that have served our organization - and Alabama’s business community - well,” Hand said in a statement.
BCA Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs Mark Colson has been temporarily assigned the duties of president.