Mitchell Burt Bainwol (born March 2, 1959) is a policial lobbyist who currently serves as the current chairman of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and was the chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) from 2003 (when he succeeded Hilary Rosen) until 2011. Prior to filling this position, he worked for 25 years in politics and federal policy-making. In August of 2011, Cary Sherman succeeded Bainwol as chairman and CEO of the RIAA, and Bainwol became the CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
Early life and education
Bainwol was born in 1959 in Munich. He spent his childhood in Germany, Thailand, the Canal Zone and Maryland before graduating from Frankfurt American High School. Bainwol studied as an undergraduate at Georgetown University and received an MBA from Rice University.
After his studies, Bainwol became a member of staff for various Republican political figures from 1977 until 2003 (Robin Beard, Connie Mack, Bill Frist and the RNC) before founding the Bainwol Group, a Washington, D.C.-based lobby group. More specifically, he served as a Congressional staff intern to Robin Beard, an employee of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, a Congressional Staff Chief to Senator Connie Mack, a Congressional Staff Senate Leadership Staff Director, a member of the Republican National Committee, a consultant for Clark and Weinstock, a Congressional Staff Executive Director for the National Republican Senate Committee, and a Congressional Staff Chief of Staff to Senator Frist. In 2003 he joined the RIAA as its CEO, succeeding Hilary Rosen. He serves as a member of the Board of the National Fatherhood Initiative, the Leadership Music Foundation and the Bryce Harlow Foundation.