General Motors on Tuesday named a new vehicle safety chief who will be responsible for heading off issues like the faulty ignition switches linked to 12 deaths and the recall of more than 1.6 million vehicles.
Jeff Boyer, a GM veteran who has been with the company for more than 40 years, has been appointed vice president of global vehicle safety, effective immediately.
The No. 1 U.S. automaker said Boyer's responsibilities will be "to quickly identify and resolve product safety issues," including handling recalls. Boyer, who was executive director of engineering operations and systems development, will provide frequent updates on vehicle safety to Chief Executive Mary Barra, senior management and the board of directors.
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"Jeff's appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the board of directors on critical customer safety issues," Barra said in a statement.