General Motors, which bounced its communications chief last month amid a massive recall and the ensuing fallout, has brought back retired VP of communications Steve Harris for a consulting role.

steve harris"Steve Harris' deep background with GM and proven experience will be of great help to us during this period of time," executive director of communications strategy Greg Martin said in a statement.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the hire, noting CEO Mary Barry knows Harris and has confidence in his strategic communications skills.

GM in mid-April ousted senior VP of global communications Selim Bingol after hiring Hill+Knowlton Strategies alum Jeff Eller. The company continues to search for Bingol's replacement.

Harris has retired twice from GM. He first stepped down in 2003 after a four-year stint in the top post following his move from Chrysler. He emerged from retirement in 2006 and guided PR through the financial crisis before retiring, again, after the 2009 government bailout of GM.

"We continue to draw from a variety of expertise to help guide our response to the ignition switch recall," said Martin.