It was only on Monday that 36-year General Motors veteran Jim Federico announced his unexpected retirement from the company, but the former chief engineer has found a new home in motorcycle maker Harley Davidson. The 56 year old oversaw an internal investigation of the Chevrolet Cobalt in 2012, one of the vehicles involved in the ignition switch recall.
Reuters reports Federico will start as the vice president of engineering at Harley Davidson on June 2, working out of the company’s Milwaukee headquarters.
“We’ve been talking to Jim about this position for some time,” said Harley-Davidson spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim.
Federico was part of an investigative team analyzing the ignition switches from GM models in an attempt to find out why the airbags weren’t deploying in certain GM vehicles. Eventually, the investigation led to the recall of 2.6 million small cars due to a faulty ignition switch.
Despite his involvement in the matter, GM says the decision to leave was up to Federico and had nothing to do with the recall.