GM executives get new duties – Detroit Free Press
General Motors has expanded the roles of two executives.
Craig Glidden, 57, executive vice president and general counsel, will take on responsibility for global public policy and corporate sustainability beginning Nov. 1. That role opened up when Bob Ferguson, who has overseen public policy, sustainability and the GM Foundation, has resigned to pursue new opportunities, including launching his own consulting agency.
Ferguson joined GM in the public policy job in 2010, then later served as senior vice president for Cadillac, before returning to the public policy team in 2014.
Tony Cervone, 52, senior vice president for corporate communications, will now be in charge of the GM Foundation, the automaker’s charitable arm.
Cervone has led GM’s communications team since May 2014, coming from Volkswagen Group of America, where he was vice president for corporate communications since 2011. He previously held a leading communications position at GM for about 10 years, leaving in early 2009 shortly before the company’s government-backed bankruptcy restructuring.
“On behalf of the leadership team, I thank Bob for his significant contributions to GM,” CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “Bob has been committed to strengthening GM’s relationships with governments around the world, has provided strong leadership and counsel on a variety of public policy issues, and has built a world-class team to lead our efforts going forward.”
Ferguson held the public policy job during a turbulent period encompassing GM’s costly and controversial handling of about 2.5 million small cars produced between 2003 and 2007 models years that were equipped with defective ignition switches.
The defects, which were linked to 124 deaths, led to multiple lawsuits, investigations and regulatory penalties. Last month, GM agreed to pay $900 million as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Glidden joined GM in March 2015 as general counsel. Previously he was chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries, a company that makes plastics, chemicals and operates refineries.
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