DETROIT: General Motors made several changes to its public policy leadership, tapping two ex-AT&T colleagues of GM chairman and interim CEO Ed Whitacre to join the automaker. GM named John Montford senior adviser for government relations and global public policy, and Robert Ferguson VP of government relations. Ferguson is replacing Ken Cole, who joined GM in 2001. Cole is credited with playing a lead role in GM's talks with the government during its bailout. He will remain with the company as an adviser until his retirement later in 2010.
Montford was previously SVP of state legislative affairs for AT&T. Ferguson, who has also worked with AT&T as president of state legislative and regulatory affairs, most recently served as senior strategist for business advisory firm Public Strategies, in Austin, TX.