General Motors has tapped Craig Glidden to succeed departing chief counsel Michael Millikin. Glidden was recently in charge of legal, communications, government-affairs and compliance functions at LyondellBasell Industries. Prior to that, he was general counsel at Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
In a statement GM chief executive Mary Barra said that Glidden has “had a distinguished career managing complex legal issues around the world." She added that his broad legal and senior management expertise fits perfectly with GM’s strategic priorities and global growth plans.
Millikin is retiring in July following almost four decades of service at GM, including over five years as its general counsel. He was placed under pressure in 2014 over the handling of GM’s legal department of the defective ignition switch issue.
An internal probe determined that some high-ranking lawyers were aware of the defect for years but didn’t bother to report it to top executives. The probe determined that Millikin was not aware of the defect until after GM issued a recall in February 2014.
A number of United States senators questioned why Millikin remained at his post in the wake of the investigation while five of the 15 employees fired in relation to the issue were in members of the legal department like the chief of GM's litigation department and its top safety lawyer.
In the statement, Barra thanked Millikin for dedicating 38 years of his life at GM. Glidden received his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in 1980 and his law degree from Florida State University in 1983.