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CPR Names New Board Chair and Vice Chair

Craig Glidden, General Motors EVP and General Counsel, is elevated to Chair; Laura Robertson, ConocoPhillips Deputy General Counsel, becomes Vice Chair

New York, NY, March 11, 2022The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that manages conflict to enable purpose, is pleased to announce the election of new Board Chair Craig Glidden of General Motors Company (GM) and new Vice Chair Laura M. Robertson of ConocoPhillips.

CPR harnesses the insights and experiences of its members to prevent and resolve business disputes through its think tank, the CPR Institute. CPR Dispute Resolution provides alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services – mediation, arbitration, dispute prevention initiatives and more – through innovative and practical rules and procedures and through CPR’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.

Glidden, previously Vice Chair, joined the CPR board of directors in 2017. He succeeds Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr., Executive Vice President General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Tenneco Inc., who served as Chair for two and a half years. Sabatino joined the board in 2012 and also served as the Vice Chair. Sabatino is appointed Director Emeritus.

Glidden is Executive Vice President of Global Public Policy and General Counsel of GM.  He joined GM as General Counsel in March 2015. Prior to joining GM, Glidden had been executive vice president and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies. He also was previously general counsel of Chevron Phillips Chemical and was in private law practice.

Glidden and GM were the recipients of CPR’s Corporate Leadership Award in 2016.

Robertson is Deputy General Counsel, Litigation, IP & Legal Ops for ConocoPhillips. Robertson has more than 20 years of legal experience managing complex energy litigation and both domestic and international disputes. Before joining ConocoPhillips, Robertson was legal counsel at Chevron, where she oversaw oil and gas royalty and tax compliance and litigation. She began her career at King & Spalding.

In 2016, Robertson was awarded CPR's Inspiring Innovation Award for her use of innovative strategies to reduce costs in the downturn. She joined the CPR board of directors in 2018.

“I am very much looking forward to the leadership that Craig and Laura will provide to CPR in advancing our programming and dispute resolution services. They are both champions of our initiatives on expanding the diversity, equity and inclusion amongst neutrals in ADR proceedings and of our efforts at dispute prevention. They both have extensive experience in complex litigation, dispute resolution and dispute prevention. As GM’s general counsel, Craig has made significant gains in improving the diversity of GM’s legal department by establishing practical goals both internally and with GM’s roster of outside counsel. Laura is a creative problem-solver who is undeterred by complexity and challenge,” said Allen Waxman, CPR President and CEO. “I also am extremely grateful to the guidance and leadership Tom provided in his roles as both Chair and Vice Chair, and I am very much looking forward to CPR benefitting from his ongoing service as board member emeritus.”

Glidden said, “CPR’s mission of less conflict more purpose is more important now than ever.  I am excited about helping advance that mission through my support of CPR.”

For more information on CPR visit cpradr.org.

About CPR

Established in 1977, CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes the prevention and resolution of conflict to better enable purpose through the CPR Institute and CPR Dispute Resolution.

The CPR Institute drives and advocates for a global prevention and dispute resolution culture through the thought leadership of its diverse members – companies, leading mediators and arbitrators, law firms, individual practitioners, and academics – who share best practices and develop innovative tools for dispute management through Committees and events.

CPR Dispute Resolution is a boutique provider of leading-edge dispute management services – mediation, arbitration, custom appointing services, a panel of dispute prevention specialists, and more – that leverages resources generated by the CPR Institute. The case administrators are experienced attorneys with a combined 40 years of experience in ADR who speak five languages. The Panel of Distinguished Neutrals is a carefully curated, diverse group of prominent, experienced subject matter experts based in 35 countries. To learn more visit www.cpradr.org.

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