Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy
About GM: Robert E. Ferguson
Bob Ferguson was named Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy on July 10, 2014. Ferguson will report directly to GM CEO Mary Barra and is responsible for GM's federal, state and international government relations and public policy activities in the U.S. and its many markets around the globe. As a member of GM’s Executive Committee, he is among the automaker’s leadership that establishes the company’s strategic business direction.
Ferguson returns to the top public policy position having guided GM's ignition switch recall response among lawmakers and regulators while also serving as Senior Vice President, Global Cadillac.
Ferguson also will serve as Chairman of the GM Foundation and oversee the philanthropic organization's contribution to the communities where GM employees live and work.
Ferguson, 54, joined GM in 2010 as Vice President for Global Public Policy and served in that position through October 2012. He is credited with helping GM strengthen its position on Capitol Hill, and with its many regulatory agencies, on a wide range of business challenges related to energy, tax, labor, and finance policy. He was eventually tapped to head Cadillac's global marketing team. During that time, Cadillac saw nearly 30% global growth, highest among all full-line luxury brands, and U.S. growth of 22%. Cadillac's 66% growth in the white-hot China luxury market was even more impressive with record sales of 50,000 units which has put the brand on a path to double sales there in two years.
Prior to joining GM, Ferguson was at the business advisory and strategic communications firm Public Strategies, where he worked with a diverse and international group of clients as a senior strategist.
Before joining Public Strategies, Ferguson spent more than 10 years as an executive at AT&T, where he served as the president of state legislative and regulatory affairs and also as group president and CEO of SBC's Enterprise Business Services.
Ferguson received a bachelor's degree in communications from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, and was named an Outstanding Young Alumnus of the college in 1991. He serves on the board of Columbia Business School’s Luxury Education Foundation. He and his wife, Debra, live in Detroit.