General Motors Canada has appointed David W. Paterson as vice president of corporate and environmental affairs, the automaker announced today. Paterson formerly served as the head of GM Canada’s corporate affairs between 2003 and 2009, before pursuing other interests outside the automotive industry.
In his most recent position, Paterson was the global senior vice president for government relations with Blackberry. Prior to that role, he served as the senior vice president of corporate affairs at Manulife Financial, and is also currently the vice chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
“I am very pleased to welcome David back to GM. His extensive experience and strong relationships will be a great asset to GM as we continue to build an innovative, profitable and customer-focused business in Canada based on world-leading vehicles and technologies,” GM Canada president and managing director Stephen Carlisle said in a statement.
Paterson replaces Neil Macdonald in the position, who is also GM Canada’s general counsel and corporate secretary and has elected to retire on March 1, 2015. He will report to Bob Ferguson, senior vice president of global public policy at GM, Tony Cervone, senior vice president of global communications at GM and Stephen Carlisle.