Leitch, who will be based in Charlotte, will be a member of the company’s management team reporting to CEO Brian Moynihan.
Lynch will remain a member of the management team as vice chairman, a position to which he was named in July. He will continue to be an advisor to senior leaders of the company and the board of directors, focusing on the evolving international regulatory environment, corporate governance, and shareholder-related matters.
'Gary led our team in resolving the most complex and pressing legal issues our company has faced', said Moynihan. 'We will continue to benefit from his seasoned judgment and sound guidance'.
Leitch has served as general counsel of Ford Motor Company since April 2005, where his department has captured several industry awards. His experience includes private practice as well as public service. He served as deputy White House counsel for President George W. Bush; chief counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration; deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel; and law clerk to the late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.
'David is a proven executive and leader who will add impressive legal acumen and experience to our team', said Moynihan.