DETROIT -- General Motors appointed two more outsiders to top leadership posts within its legal department, after last year’s firing of several high-ranking lawyers implicated in the company's ignition switch scandal.
GM said today it hired Jeffrey Taylor, a former federal prosecutor, to serve in a newly created post as deputy general counsel for federal oversight. Taylor, 50, will work with a federal monitor assigned to oversee safety issues and recalls at GM.
The monitor was assigned last month as part of GM’s $900 million settlement with the federal government over charges related to the ignition-switch defect, which has been linked to 124 deaths.
GM also has hired Ann Cathcart Chaplin as deputy general counsel for litigation, overseeing all general and product litigation. Cathcart Chaplin, 42, now heads the litigation group practice at Fish & Richardson, a global patent, intellectual property litigation and commercial litigation law firm based in Boston.