GM Names Ferguson to Lead Government Relations and Public PolicyBy General Motors, PRNE
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
DETROIT, April 13, 2011 - General Motors today announced that Robert E. Ferguson, currently vice
president, Government Relations, is named vice president, Global Public
Policy, with responsibility for GM's government relations and public policy
activities in the U.S. and its global markets. Ferguson will also serve on
GM's Executive Committee and succeed John T. Montford as chairman of the GM
Montford, currently senior advisor, Government Relations and Global
Public Policy, will transition to a consulting role effective May 1. Ferguson
will also continue the state government relations and GM Foundation
initiatives previously led by Montford.
"Bob has a long, proven record of building relationships and making sure
employees, customers and other partners have a seat at the policy table,"
said GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. "Under Bob's leadership, GM will
continue working to maintain a vibrant auto industry that creates jobs and
brings the latest innovations to market."
Akerson also recognized Montford's service.
"John was a tireless advocate for GM who revitalized our state and
federal policy efforts," said Akerson. "He made significant contributions to
GM at a critical time for the company."
Both Montford and Ferguson joined GM in January 2010.
Robert E. Ferguson
Before joining GM in January 2010, Ferguson was a senior strategist for
the business advisory firm of Public Strategies, Inc. in Austin, Texas. In
that role, he provided strategic counsel to corporations and other
organizations, with a focus on international business, technology and public
policy. Ferguson joined Public Strategies from AT&T, where he was president
of state legislative and regulatory affairs. While at AT&T, Ferguson was
responsible for overseeing external and regulatory issues in all 50 states
and for managing the company's public policy organization. He assumed that
position in 2005, when SBC Communications and AT&T merged.
Earlier positions with SBC included serving as group president and CEO of
Enterprise Business Services. Ferguson was responsible for sales and customer
care for SBC's enterprise and federal government accounts and the
corporation's long distance, Internet and data communication companies. Prior
positions at SBC included president of Business Communications Services for
its western U.S. operations, president of SBC federal relations in
Washington, D.C., regional president for Southern California, and managing
director for regulatory policy. Before joining SBC Communications in 1996,
Ferguson was a senior vice president, partner and general manager at
Fleishman-Hillard Inc., serving as the senior consultant to SBC companies on
all communications issues.
About General Motors
General Motors (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world's largest
automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in
Detroit, GM employs 202,000 people in every major region of the world and
does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners
produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles
through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC,
Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM's largest
national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United
Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry
leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information
on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.
Greg Martin, Director, Policy and Washington Communications, Office: +1-202-775-5008, Mobile: +1-202-744-6285, greg.a.martin at gm.com. NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional media information, or to obtain a headshot of Robert E. Ferguson, visit media.gm.com.
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