DETROIT—General Motors has realigned its government relations and public policy team with the appointment of former AT&T executives John Montford as a senior advisor to chairman and CEO Edward Whitacre and Robert Ferguson as vice president of government relations. Ken Cole, currently the vice president of government relations and public policy and a nine-year veteran of the company, will remain with the company for the next several months as an advisor until his retirement later in 2010.
In his new role, Montford will have overall responsibility for government relations and global public policy, and will be supported by Ferguson and Michael Robinson, the current vice president of environment, energy and safety policy.
Montford was most recently senior vice president of state legislative affairs for AT&T. Previously he served as president of external affairs for Southwestern Bell.
Ferguson was most recently a senior strategist at Public Strategies in Austin, which he joined from AT&T, where he was president of state legislative and regulatory affair, responsible for overseeing all external and regulatory issues in the 50 states and for managing the company’s public policy organization.