General Motors GC retires after 37 years at auto giant

A month after General Motors (GM) chief executive Marry Barra made an impassioned defence of her general counsel Michael Millikin in front of the US Senate it has emerged that he is to retire. Millikin’s decision comes after five years in the top legal job at GM and 37 at the company.

In recent months there has been heavy criticism of the legal department’s handling of a safety crisis involving faulty ignition switches. The decade-long lawsuit against GM regarding the issue reignited an internal investigation into the company’s in-house legal team earlier this year. 

The problem is linked to 27 deaths and is said to have affected millions of vehicles and the legal team is alleged to have known about the issue a decade ago.

The search for a successor with a strong enough stomach for GM’s legal legacy is underway.

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