Craig Glidden Takes GM General Counsel Position
General Motors named a new General Counsel and he has big shoes to fill. Last October, the current General Counsel Michael Millikin announced he would be retiring this coming July. This left a giant gap in the legal department and it seems Craig Glidden is ready to fill it.
“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,” Mary Barra said in a statement.
Glidden, 57, won’t have much time to get settled in. His first day was March 1st and his agenda is already full overseeing legal teams in over 30 countries. Ongoing litigation surrounding recalls puts him front and center. Millikin had been running the show in the legal department with GM since 2009. Although Glidden never worked under him, the new General Counsel has the background to get the job done.
Glidden was hired from plastics, chemicals, and refining company LyondellBassell Industries, where he served as the executive vice president and chief legal officer. Before taking care of the company’s global legal, communications, and government affairs, he worked at Chevron Phillips Chemical Corporation. Before that, he worked in a private practice.