GM hires 2 deputy general counsels
General Motors Co. said Tuesday it has hired two new deputy general counsels who will lead general and product litigation, and oversee federal oversight of the company.
Ann Cathcart Chaplin will be deputy general counsel for litigation and will lead all general and product litigation for the company. She will begin her post Dec. 14.
GM also has hired Jeffrey A. Taylor to serve as deputy general counsel of federal oversight. He starts Nov. 1 and will work with the to-be-named federal monitor that is required as part of the automaker’s deferred prosecution agreement announced last month with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
The automaker agreed to pay a $900 million fine with the Justice Department and to three years of oversight by a federal monitor as part of an agreement over the deadly ignition switch crisis. The Justice Department had been investigating the company over the delayed recall of 2.59 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars with defective ignition switches tied to 124 deaths.
“Jeff is a highly accomplished attorney who has managed extremely complex legal issues and organizations and his appointment demonstrates how seriously we take our commitments under the Deferred Prosecution Agreement,” GM General Counsel Craig Glidden said in a statement.
Cathcart Chaplin, 42, and Taylor, 50, will report to Glidden. A GM spokesman said both positions are new titles within GM’s legal department and under Glidden’s structural changes to align practice areas under deputy general counsels.
Taylor comes to GM from Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, where he currently is vice president and general counsel. He previously led more than 300 people as chief executive of Ernst & Young’s fraud investigation and dispute services practice in the Americas and served the Department of Justice for 15 years, working as an assistant U.S. attorney, senior adviser and as the U.S. District Attorney for Washington, D.C.
Cathcart Chaplin oversees 245 lawyers in 12 offices globally as a litigation practice group leader at Fish & Richardson, a patent, intellectual property litigation and commercial litigation firm.
“Ann is a great addition to our team. She is an experienced trial lawyer, an exceptional leader, and her work in litigation project management has been innovative,” Glidden said in a statement. “Having her expertise at GM will be an incredible asset as we manage complex legal issues, and deploy advanced technology to transform our vehicles and the way we manage the business.”