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GM Appoints Jeff Boyer as New Vehicle Safety Chief

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/19/2014 Erick Ayapana

General Motors CEO Mary Barra is wasting no time in taking action following the ignition switch recall that surfaced a few weeks ago. One step she has taken is creating a new executive position for the sole purpose of improving GM’s safety record and procedures.

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Effectively immediately, Jeff Boyer will take the role as GM’s Vice President of Global Vehicle Safety. Boyer, who will provide safety updates to Barra and other senior executives, will be responsible for all aspects of safety including systems development, testing, and recalls.

Jeff Boyer© Provided by MotorTrend Jeff Boyer “This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability, ” Barra said in a statement. “If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them.”

Boyer, 58, has been with GM for about 40 years working in numerous engineering and safety roles. He will be part of the Global Product Development team (led by Mark Ruess) and will report directly to John Calabrese, the Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering.

GM Appoints Jeff Boyer as New Vehicle Safety Chief

The move comes on the heels of an ignition switch recall that involves 1.6 million vehicles sold from the early to mid-2000s, including the Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR, Saturn ION, and Pontiac Solstice. GM has attributed 12 deaths to the recall, which has prompted multiple federal investigations and lawsuits.

Source: GM

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