Bank of America announced that David Leitch will succeed Gary Lynch as global general counsel, beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Leitch will be a member of the company’s management team and report to Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan.

Lynch will remain a member of the management team as vice chairman, a position to which he was named in July. He will continue to be an advisor to senior leaders of the company and the board of directors, focusing on the evolving international regulatory environment, corporate governance, and shareholder-related matters.

Leitch has served as general counsel of Ford Motor Company since April 2005. His experience includes private practice as well as public service. He served as deputy White House counsel for President George W. Bush; chief counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration; deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel; and law clerk to the late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.