General Motors has tapped Jill Sutton to be Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel for Corporate, Finance and Strategic Transactions. Sutton, who is new to GM, will begin effective immediately and will report directly to Craig Glidden, executive vice president and general counsel.
Prior to her new post at GM, the 43-year-old executive was vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Tim Hortons, Inc., now merged with Burger King under a new company called Restaurant Brands International Inc, 51 percent of which is owned by 3G Capital.
“Jill is a highly accomplished executive, having served as the general counsel and corporate secretary of a publicly traded company, and she has helped lead significant corporate transactions, including the Tim Hortons IPO and its eventual sale to Burger King,” said Glidden.
Glidden’s comments hold particular weight in light of FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne’s public comments that Chrysler/Fiat and GM must unite to better streamline product development costs moving forward.
While GM CEO Mary Barra has staunchly rebuffed Marchionne’s intentions, the decision to hire Sutton in part due to her accomplishments in leading corporate transactions strikes a resounding chord. Then again, it could be mere coincidence.
In any event, we’ll just have to wait and see how the merger talks play out, or peter out.
In the meantime, here’s a bit more background on GM’s new corporate secretary:
– Prior to Tim Hortons, Sutton was corporate counsel at Wendy’s International, Inc.
– She has also practiced corporate and health care law for Squire Sanders LLP and Eastman & Smith Ltd.
– Sutton holds a Juris Doctor degree, a Master of Health Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University.