The General of the Cross is the highest-ranking individual within the hierarchy of the modern day Templar Order. The General is responsible for reviewing decisions made by the Guardians, and approving or refusing further action. The General's identity is kept secret, even from other Templars.
In 2014 Álvaro Gramática presented Alan Rikkin—CEO of Abstergo Industries and one of the three Guardians—with a number of concerns regarding the search for the Observatory, as well as a plan of action. Rikkin promised to review the plan and pass it on to the General of the Cross for approval.