GM picks new vehicle safety chief

Jeff Boyer named Vice President, Global Vehicle Safety

Eric Kaminsky - March 18, 2014 12:16 PM


Jeff Boyer, new GM Vice President, Global Vehicle Safety

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In an effort to quickly identify and resolve product safety issues, General Motors CEO Mary Barra has named a new vehicle safety leader. 

Jeff Boyer has been chosen for the newly created position of Vice President, Global Vehicle Safety, effective immediately.

“Jeff’s appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the Board of Directors on critical customer safety issues,” said Barra. “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. 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.” 

GM is facing a number of recalls, including ones relating to problems with ignition switches in 1.6 million vehicles, plus a number of ones recently announced.

Those include instrument panel material in 2009-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans; brake booster corrosion in 2013 and some 2014 Cadillac XTS models that may result in overheating; and wiring harnesses on seat mounted side air bags on some 2008-2009 and all 2010-2013 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, some 2009 and all 2010-2013 Chevrolet Traverse, and some 2008-2009 and all 2010 Saturn Outlooks. 

Boyer, who has spent nearly 40 years in a wide range of engineering and safety positions at GM, will have global responsibility for the safety development of GM vehicle systems, confirmation and validation of safety performance, as well as post-sale safety activities, including recalls.

He will provide regular and frequent updates on vehicle safety to Barra, senior management and the GM Board of Directors.

He will report to John Calabrese, Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering and become a member of Global Product Development staff, led by Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.