By Chris Isidore@CNNMoneyMarch 18, 2014: 10:00 AM ET
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
General Motors, which is reeling from a botched recall linked to at least 12 deaths, has named a long-time company insider to the newly created position of vice president of global vehicle safety.
Jeff Boyer, who has been with the company for 40 years in a wide range of engineering and safety positions, will hold the new post. He'll report to the company's vice president of global vehicle engineering. This is the first time the company's top safety executive has been this high on GM's organizational chart. He'll have considerable access to the company's leadership.
Boyer, 58, was working in the company's purchasing department when the ignition switch problem was first discovered in 2004.
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Since 2011, he has been executive director of engineering operations and systems development. Immediately before that, he was responsible for the performance and certification of GM vehicle safety and crashworthiness.