Tony Cervone | Influence 100

Tony Cervone

SVP Global Communications
General Motors



When General Motors found itself embroiled in yet another major crisis in the first half of 2014, new chief executive Mary Barra — already under fire for her performance in front of a congressional hearing — turned to automotive industry veteran Tony Cervone to take over the company’s global communications function. Barra had already committed to greater transparency, and to changing the culture that led to the crisis, but Cervone helped the company seize the initiative and tell a proactive story, an effort that ultimately sparked a broader repositioning of the iconic automaker.

Cervone had previously served since 2011 as executive vice president of group communications for Volkswagen Group of America and spent two years as senior vice president and CCO for United Airlines in Chicago. He had spent a previous decade at GM in several senior communications, leading media relations, issues management and labor and employee communications, executive and financial Communications, and European and North American communications. He also spent 15 years with Chrysler, where he managed pre- and post-merger communications related to the merger of Chrysler and Daimler-Benz.