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Background on GM's new safety chief


General Motors named a new head of global safety Tuesday as part of its ongoing effort to repair the damage from last month's recall of 1.6 million small cars. The company has admitted it knew about defective ignition switches 11 years ago but failed to recall the cars until now. The problem has been linked to more than a dozen deaths.

Here is some background on GM's new vice president of global vehicle safety.

NAME: Jeffrey Boyer

AGE: 58

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), 1979; master of business administration, Michigan State University, 1993.

CAREER: Boyer joined GM in 1974 as a co-op student and has held various engineering and leadership positions at the company. Most recently, he served as director of engineering operations and systems development, 2011-present; executive director of global interior engineering and safety performance, 2006-2011; and executive director of advanced purchasing, 2004-2006.

FAMILY: Wife Dianne; three sons.


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