Bob Ferguson is the Chief Executive Officer and a founder of the Hawksbill Group, a global diversified business and communications consulting firm based in Washington, DC, and Hawksbill Advisors, a Hawksbill Group company focused on public policy that provides strategic counsel in public policy and external and regulatory affairs to clients worldwide.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the private and government sectors, having held numerous senior-level positions in communications and government relations, marketing, and telecommunications sales and services.
Prior to founding Hawksbill Group, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy at General Motors. During his six-year tenure at General Motors he held several senior officer positions including Senior Executive of Cadillac Motor Company. During his time with GM, Bob led the GM crisis management efforts for recalls of the Volt, GM’s pioneering electric vehicle, and for Chevrolet vehicles which had flaws in ignition switches.
Bob was the Senior Strategist for the business advisory firm Public Strategies, Inc. in Austin, Texas, where he provided counsel to clients such as the International Olympic Committee. He joined Public Strategies from AT&T, Inc., where he worked for more than a decade and served in several key corporate leadership positions including communications, government relations and business network operations. His duties at the company included Group President and CEO of the Enterprise Division and President of the Public Policy group.
Prior to joining AT&T, he worked as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Fleishman-Hillard Inc, where he was a Senior Partner. He served as the Senior Consultant to SBC companies on all communications issues and developed and implemented crisis management plans for several Fortune 250 companies.
Before joining Fleishman-Hillard, Bob was the chief of staff to John Ashcroft, during his second term as governor of Missouri.
He is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. Evangel University has honored Bob as its outstanding young alumnus and as its distinguished alumnus.