Veteran Chrysler lobbyist Robert Liberatore has been appointed as special interim adviser to Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne on external affairs.
Liberatore will serve until a permanent replacement is found for John Bozzella, Chrysler's senior vice president of external affairs and the company's top Washington official.
Shawn Morgan, a Chrysler spokeswoman, said that Bozzella had resigned last December. Liberatore is expected to "provide advice to the company on external affairs issues."
In 1985, Liberatore joined Chrysler from a 10-year stay in Capitol Hill, including four years as staff director for U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.
In 1993, Liberatore was elected a Chrysler officer and he was Chrysler's top Washington adviser and lobbyist until he retired in 2007 as DaimlerChrysler group vice president of global affairs and public policy.
He then became a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a think tank that specializes in trans-Atlantic issues. While the carmaker looks for Bozzella's replacement, Liberatore will not be asked to run the company's Washington office. The federal government has a 10% stake in Chrysler, which owes $5.7 billion to the U.S. Department of Treasury.