We were never a fan of GM appointing Robert E. Ferguson, who was the company’s chief lobbyist, as Vice President of Global Cadillac. We didn’t see the qualifications, and it also left a lot of people, both media and GM employees alike, scratching their heads over the whole thing. But with General Motors recalling a record number of vehicles over ignition switch defects and other issues, duty called for Ferguson to go back to rubbing elbows with the fat cats of Washington DC. And now it seems that the move is demanding more permanence than we were previously led to believe, and Ferguson is no longer officially the chief of Cadillac, effective immediately.
A new VP of Global Cadillac is expected to be named at a later date.
“We need Bob’s leadership and full focus on rebuilding relationships and instilling confidence in GM’s efforts to create a new industry standard for safety,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a written statement. Lastly, on top of his recall back to Washington, Ferguson has also been appointed Chairman of the GM Foundation.