Jeff BoyerUS – Following a spate of recalls, General Motors CEO Mary Barra has created the new position of vice-president, Global Vehicle Safety. Jeff Boyer will bear responsibility for the safety development of GM vehicle safety systems, confirmation and validation of safety performance and post-sale activities including recalls.

Boyer will report to John Calabrese, vice-president of Global Vehicle Engineering as well as providing regular updates to Barra, senior management and the board of directors. He will become a member of the Global Product Development staff led by Mark Reuss, executive vice-president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

Announcing the appointment, Barra commented: “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.”

Since joining GM in 1974 as a co-op student, Boyer has held several senior engineering, safety and process positions. For the past three years he has served as executive director of Engineering Operations and Systems Development.

Boyer takes up his new role with immediate effect.