Executive Vice President & General Counsel
About GM: Michael P. Millikin
Michael P. Millikin is Executive Vice President & General Counsel of General Motors Company and a member of the Supervisory Board of GM's German subsidiary, Adam Opel AG.
Millikin joined the General Motors Legal Staff in 1977 where he has since held a variety of positions. In 1981, he became part of GM's overseas legal matters practice area, where he served until 1987 when named the head of GM's in-house litigation practice area. In 1995, with the consolidation of the GM Legal Staff's litigation functions, Millikin was given responsibility for GM's litigation practice area. In September 1997, he moved to Zurich, Switzerland, and was named Vice President and General Counsel of General Motors International Operations (GMIO), a member of the GMIO Strategy Board, as well as Vice President and General Counsel of General Motors Europe and a member of its Strategy Board. He was first named to the Adam Opel Supervisory Board in 1998. In June 2000, Millikin returned to GM's headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, to coordinate the delivery of legal services to GM's global operations. He became a member of the Board of Directors of GM’s Korean subsidiary, GM Korea, formerly GM Daewoo Auto and Technology Company (GMDAT), in October 2002, and served until December 2011. He was named GM's Associate General Counsel in June 2005. He was named Vice President and General Counsel of General Motors Company in July 2009, and promoted to Senior Vice President and General Counsel in February 2011.
Millikin was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, on August 18, 1948. He received his bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University in 1970 and his juris doctor degree in 1973 from Washington University School of Law and was named to the Order of the Coif, a national legal honorary society. Upon graduation, Millikin clerked for Judge Vincent J. Brennan of the Michigan Court of Appeals. In 1975, he was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office in Detroit, Michigan, where he served as a criminal prosecutor for the U.S. government, concentrating on the prosecution of narcotics and narcotics conspiracy cases.