Evangel Profile

Robert Ferguson (’85): General Motors vice president of Government Relations

February 3, 2010


General Motors has realigned its Government Relations Team, naming  Evangel University graduate Robert E. Ferguson (’85) as vice president of  Government Relations.

Ferguson joined GM on January 1, 2010, bringing with him more than 20  years of experience in the private and government sectors, including a number  of senior-level positions in legislative and government relations, management,  marketing and communications technology.

In 1991 Evangel awarded Ferguson with its Outstanding Young Alumnus  Award.

“Attending  Evangel was a wonderful experience for me,” says Ferguson, who majored in Communication. “I met my wife,  Debra, made many good friends and received an excellent education. The  professors in the Communications Department were especially meaningful to  me. They took a personal interest in helping me, for which I am especially  grateful.”

Ferguson says the impression  that Evangel President Robert Spence made on him as a student has impacted him  as a business professional. “I often  think of how President Spence handled issues while I was attending Evangel and  apply lessons learned from him to business challenges.”

Prior to joining GM, Ferguson was a senior strategist  at Public Strategies, Inc. As a senior strategist, Ferguson provided counsel to  corporations and other organizations, with a focus on international business,  technology and public policy.

Prior to his role at Public Strategies, Ferguson  served as the president of state legislative and regulatory affairs at  AT&T, a position he held between 2005 and 2008. In that role Ferguson was  responsible for overseeing external and regulatory matters in the United States  and managing the company’s public policy organization.

From 2002 to 2005 Ferguson served as group president  and CEO of SBC’s Enterprise Business Services where he was responsible for  sales and customer care for SBC’s enterprise and federal government accounts  and the corporation’s long distance, Internet and data communication  companies.  Prior positions at SBC  included president of Business Communications Services for SBC operations in  the western United States, president for SBC federal relations in Washington,  D.C., regional president for SBC in Southern California, and managing director  for regulatory policy.

General Motors Chairman and CEO Edward E. Whitacre,  Jr., said in a press release that Ferguson is a “proven professional who has  worked in an environment of intense regulatory and political complexity. He has  my deep trust and respect.”

 

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