General Motors Names Craig Glidden New General Counsel

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General Motors Co. today has appointed Craig Glidden as its new top lawyer, replacing Michael Millikin, the automaker’s general counsel, who will retire in July.

“I’m enthused to be joining General Motors and its management team to help drive the company forward,” Glidden says. “The company has made significant progress in recent years and I look forward to further advancing the business goals.”

Milliken, who was general counsel for five years, came under fire in congressional hearings last summer over the delayed ignition switch recall on several GM vehicles that have led to more than 50 deaths.

Before joining GM, Glidden was executive vice president and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries, a plastics, chemical, and refining company headquartered in Houston and London. Glidden oversaw the firm’s global communications, legal, and governmental affairs, as well as compliance groups. He also served as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.

“Craig Glidden has had a distinguished career managing complex legal issues around the world, and his broad legal and senior management expertise fits perfectly with our strategic priorities and plans for global growth,” says Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors.

Glidden obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University. He is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Florida.

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