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General Motors Co. said Wednesday that it has named Jeffrey A. Taylor as deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer.

Taylor, who joined the automaker in November as deputy general counsel for federal oversight, will report to GM General Counsel Craig Glidden. He will oversee the automaker’s ethics and compliance program, aiming to help GM and its leaders in commitments to “integrity, ethical conduct, workplace and vehicle safety and compliance with the law and company policies.”

“Jeff is a highly accomplished attorney who has managed extremely complex legal issues,” Glidden said in a statement. “His appointment reflects GM’s commitment to the highest levels of global ethics and the strict compliance with the law and internal policies.”

Taylor joined GM around the same time the government appointed a former federal prosecutor, Bart M. Schwartz, to monitor the company. Schwartz is overseeing GM for the next three years as part of its $900 million settlement with the Department of Justice in its criminal investigation into GM’s recall of faulty ignition switches that were linked to 124 deaths.

Taylor also will oversee training and communications around GM’s code of conduct called “Winning with Integrity,” which governs GM’s board, executives, more than 75,000 employees in their ethical and legal obligations.

As chief compliance officer, Taylor, 51, will oversee a team of lawyers and compliance officers across the globe who assess and mitigate risk, implement training and tests and conduct and oversee investigations.

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