Ex-GM Engineer Jim Federico Hired By Harley-Davidson
Early this week, Jim Federico became the second high-level engineer to retire from General Motors since the recent small car recall debacle, but the automaker has stated that neither retirement was directly related to the current issue. A statement from GM had indicated that Federico was going to “take on new engineering and design challenges outside of the auto industry,” and now the Chicago Tribune has a little more information on his move. According to the report, Federico, 56, ended his 36-year career at GM to become the vice president of engineering at Harley-Davidson starting on June 2. Federico had worn many hats during his time at GM, but he has been in the news recently because he led a team of GM engineers to investigate the current ignition switch defect back in 2012. The defect has since caused the recall of more than 2.6 million Chevrolet, Saturn and Pontiac vehicles, and it is believed to be responsible for 13 deaths since 2004. At the time, Federico reported to Mary Barra who was then the head of global product development and is now the CEO of GM. This news comes less than two weeks after GM had announced that John Calabrese, 55, vice president of global engineering, was retiring.
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As part of his most recent role as GM’s global director of global vehicle integration, Federico was the lead engineer behind many current products including the Buick Regal/Opel Insignia, Buick Encore/Opel Mokka, Buick LaCrosse and the Chevrolet Cruze, Sonic and Spark.
With his new job, Federico will also get a change of scenery as he will be moving to Harley-Davidson’s headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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