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Elena Centeio

Elena Centeio

Assistant General Counsel, Corporate Finance & Global Innovation

General Motors Company

Elena is an experienced corporate attorney who started her career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP 25 years ago and has since spent more than 15 years in-house. She proactively partners with business leaders at GM to balance risk and opportunity utilizing broad-based legal and business experience. Elena advises on M&A, financing matters, venture projects, co-developments, joint ventures, government contracting, and internal reorganizations. She is also fortunate to support the new business incubator within GM and ensures the team is well positioned to react quickly to differing risk profiles while remaining nimble. She gets to work on flying cars!

Her passion is enabling GM to become the most inclusive company in the world. She leads GM Legal Staff’s committee on Awareness and Training which is driving better understanding and awareness within GM on the disparate treatment of certain people and increasing more open dialogue on diversity, equity and inclusion.

She also serves on the board of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra which enables her to support programs to put instruments into the hands of all children within Detroit.

She is a practitioner of continuous improvement and holds a green belt in Six Sigma.

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