Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. announced Monday the hiring of an experienced automotive in-house attorney to become its executive vice president and general counsel.

A former in-house lawyer for Nissan North America Inc. and USA Truck Inc., Katherine Knight will oversee all legal services at Mitsubishi Motors and provide counsel on legal, risk, business and operational matters for the company. She will be based in the company’s new headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, and reports to Mitsubishi Motors North America CEO Fred Diaz.