General Motors will shift current global Cadillac Chief Robert Ferguson back to his former position as vice president for public policy in Washington as the automaker looks to deal with the backlash from the controversial ignition switch recall, an unnamed source told Automotive News.
Ferguson was named vice president of global Cadillac in October 2012, a promotion from his position lobbying on behalf of the company in Washington. He was sent last month to Washington by CEO Mary Barra to help control response to the recall crisis and is expected to stay there for an undisclosed amount of time. GM has not said if the job in Washington is permanent or if his responsibilities with Cadillac have been removed.
“We are drawing people from all parts of our business to help guide our response to the current recall,” GM spokesman Greg Martin told AN. “Bob is a part of this team and is helping lead our communications and government relations response to the recall.”
GM appointed Ferguson as vice president of public policy in 2010, where he was responsible for the company’s federal, state and international government relations and public policy operations in the US and around the globe.
Prior to his position at GM, Ferguson was a senior strategist at Public Strategies, a communications firm, and was an executive with AT&T for 10 years.