General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) disclosed that it would start searching for the replacement of Michael Millikin as General Counsel externally. It became necessary after Millikin expressed his desire to retire early next year.
In a statement, the General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) disclosed that Millikin would remain in his position till the fresh General Counsel is appointed, and transition was complete in all respect. He has been with the company since 1977. With over four decades of career, General Motors said that his biggest period of career was with General Motors only.
Millikin, who graduated in Science from Michigan State University in 1970, was moved to overseas legal matters in 1981 in the company. In 1987, he was appointed as head of the litigation practice of in-house area. His accomplishments among others included the spearheading of its response to confidential data and documents theft by Jose Ignacio Lopez besides some of his followers.
Held Several Positions
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) said that it named him as International operations’ or GMIO VP and General Counsel in Zurich, Switzerland in 1997. He was also inducted into the Strategy Board of GMIO. Later, Millikin, who was named as an Assistant Attorney in the Attorney’s Office of the U.S. in Detroit before he entered GM, was appointed to Opel Supervisory Board in 1998. He was later shifted to the company’s headquarters to manage its legal services provision to global operations in 2000.
The company also said that he was inducted into its GM Korea Board in 2002. He became the Associate General Counsel of General Motors in 2009 and became General Counsel in 2009.
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM)’ CEO, Mary Barra, said that Mike had a tremendous career in GM. He led international legal teams through unbelievable complex transactions and a respected and trusted confidant of senior management. He also led the company’s response after 9/11 tragedy.
The company’s Chairman, Tim Solso, said that Mike was a valued advisor, a consistent, strong and honest voice during the last several years. He added that he would be missed for his impeccable integrity, unwavering loyalty and respectful candor.