U.S. automotive giant Ford announced the appointment of Steven Croley as general counsel and chief policy officer.

In this role, Croley will focus on government relations, sustainability, safety, legal, and privacy. He will assume these responsibilities from John Mellen, who postponed his planned retirement from Ford a year ago to take on the role of general counsel.

A former U.S. Department of Energy general counsel, Croley also served as senior lawyer and regulatory policy advisor in the White House under President Barack Obama.

Most recently, Croley has been a partner at Latham & Watkins. As a member of the law firm’s Litigation and Trial department, he has assisted clients with legal policy and regulatory compliance, with emphasis on energy and the environment.

Earlier, Croley was a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan’s Civil Division.

Ford also announced the appointment of Rebecca Pagani as chief privacy officer. Pagani joins from Amazon, where she advised on issues and policy related to e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence businesses. She will report to Croley.