Executives at automakers often move between positions and sometimes between companies. Being placed in the senior role to negotiate with governmental agencies, including the United States Congress, is one of awesome responsibility. Apparently Bob Ferguson is that person.
Just a few days ago, General Motors made the announcement that well known Bob Ferguson was leaving his position as head of the Cadillac brand. He will assume his previous position as GM's top government lobbyist effective July 10, 2014. General Motors did not name a replacement to be in charge of the Cadillac division but said it would do so at a later date.
Ferguson will hold the position of Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy. He will be reporting directly to Mary Barra, the CEO for General Motors. Ferguson had been the head of Public Policy, generally known as the chief governmental lobbyist, from 2010 to 2012. In October 2012, he assumed the position as head of Cadillac. It had been widely anticipated that Ferguson would return to his former position due to his devoting so much effort in Washington on behalf of GM and the ignition switch recall situation.
In a prepared statement, Mary Barra commented, “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, As GM’s voice in critical policy issues, Bob will communicate a clear sense of purpose and collaborative spirit.”
Ferguson, who is 54 years old, previously spent 10 years as an executive with AT&T, then moved to Public Strategies, a communications and advisory firm. He left there in 2010 to work for General Motors. He will be responsible for all state, national, and international governmental relationship and public policy activities, according to an official GM press release.