DETROIT, April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 Foundation.
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.
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