General Motors has announced that Michael Robinson will be its new vice president responsible for Environment, Energy and Safety Policy. That means Robinson will be GM's chief advocate on most of the policies determined by the federal government. Robinson will be replacing Beth Lowery, who is retiring at the end of the month. Robinson has been at GM for 25 years and most recently served as the company's general counsel for North America.
In his new role, Robinson will lead GM's efforts on negotiations with regulators on issues like fuel efficiency, emissions and safety rules. Among those will likely be procedures that govern the energy use measurements for electrified vehicles like the Volt. Robinson earned his law degree from Villanova in 1984 after serving in the air force and getting his political science degree in 1977 from Holy Cross.

[Source: General Motors]


Mike Robinson Named Vice President of Environment, Energy and Safety Policy

DETROIT – General Motors Company today announced that Michael J. Robinson will become vice president, environment, energy and safety policy. Robinson will replace Beth Lowery, who has elected to retire effective October 1.

Robinson, 54, joined General Motors in 1984 and has held a number of positions on the General Motors Corporation Legal Staff. Before assuming the North America General Counsel role in 2008, he served as a Practice Area Manager on the Legal Staff and then Managing Attorney responsible for a variety of regulatory functions including environmental and vehicle regulation policy as well as marketing and trade regulation issues. Prior to that, he was responsible for GM compliance activities and among other things led development of the General Motors Guidelines for Employee Conduct. During the 1990's he also provided counsel to General Motors leadership on matters involving lobbying and government ethics issues.

Mike graduated with a B.A in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross in 1977 and served as an officer in the US Air Force from 1977-1981. He received an M.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Oklahoma State University in 1980 and a J.D. from Villanova University in 1984.

"Mike brings many years of experience and commitment to environment and energy policy issues to this position," said Ken Cole, GM vice president of public policy. "We are excited to have him involved in this critical area of our business."

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