General Motors said on Wednesday that it has appointed Jeffrey Taylor as deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer — the latest sign that the automaker and the automotive industry continue to make adjustments in the wake of a stricter regulatory environment and the automaker’s ignition switch crisis.
Taylor will report to Craig Glidden, GM’s executive vice president and general counsel.
Taylor will be responsibility for GM’s ethics and compliance program. That gives Taylor a broader range of responsibility than GM’s previous compliance officer.
The redefined position is part of Glidden’s overhaul of GM’s legal, policy and government relations structure. Glidden became GM’s top lawyer in February 2015 as part of a restructuring following GM’s high-profile ignition switch crisis.
That crisis forced the automaker to recall 2.6 million cars globally to fix a defect blamed for at least 13 deaths. The recall touched off several rounds of congressional hearings and ushered in a more stringent era of regulatory oversight from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
There are more than 200 lawsuits pending against GM in various State and Federal courts that allege injury or death caused by defects, including the ignition switches.