DEARBORN, MI: Jay Cooney, director of media relations and news operations at General Motors, has joined the Ford Motor Company communications team.
Cooney, who was with GM for 11 years, began his role today as global news manager at Ford, reporting to Karen Hampton, corporate communications director at the company.
Cooney's direct reports comprise a team of four staffers: Scott Monty, manager of global digital and multimedia communications; Marcey Evans, manager of manufacturing, labor, and legal affairs; Kelli Felker, manager of broadcast news; and Todd Nissen, manager of purchasing and corporate news at Ford.
In his new position, Cooney will be responsible for managing global corporate communications strategies and telling Ford's stories in areas such as finance, purchasing, and manufacturing. He will work with the Ford-WPP communications team on the storytelling efforts, which support the company's global growth plans.
Cooney will also focus on helping Ford improve its reputation, its purchase consideration among consumers, and its communications capabilities.
While serving as director of media relations at GM, Cooney managed the company's news bureau, including both traditional and social media, and the media elements of product launches and corporate messaging. Prior to his most recent role at GM, Cooney served as VP of corporate affairs for the company in Korea for three-and-a-half years.
Earlier this month, Joe Jacuzzi, former VP of product and brand communications for PepsiCo Americas Beverages, joined Ford as Lincoln communications manager, where he reports to Paul Harrison, Ford's global product communications director.
Hampton cited "the strength of [Cooney's] global automotive experience and strategic capability" in an emailed statement.