General Motors has appointed Jeffrey Taylor as deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer, effective immediately. He will report to Craig Glidden, executive vice president and general counsel.
Taylor joined GM in November 2015 as deputy general counsel for federal oversight, responsible for working with the corporate monitor who the government appointed to oversee GM’s safety policies as part of its deferred prosecution agreement it reached last year. As Compliance Week previously reported, GM in September 2015 agreed to a $900 million forfeiture to resolve criminal charges for wire fraud and for concealing information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concerning safety defects in its vehicles.
In his new role, Taylor will have overall responsibility for GM’s ethics and compliance program, and he will support GM’s business operations and leadership team in driving business success through an organizational culture committed to integrity, ethical conduct, workplace and vehicle safety and compliance with the law and company policies.
He will also oversee strategy, communications and training concerning GM’s code of conduct ‘Winning with Integrity,’ which was released in January and governs the ethical and legal obligations of GM’s board, executives, and more than 75,000 employees around the world.
As chief compliance officer, Taylor will lead a global team of attorneys and compliance professionals responsible for assessing and mitigating risk, devising and implementing compliance training and assessment, assuring the effectiveness of the compliance program, and conducting and overseeing internal and external investigations.
Prior to joining GM, Taylor was vice president and general counsel of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. Before that, he led a team of more than 300 professionals as chief executive of Ernst & Young’s Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services practice in the Americas.
He served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 2006 to 2009. He also served as counselor to Attorney Generals John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales. He began his career with the Department of Justice in 1995 as an assistant U.S. Attorney.