Baker McKenzie has appointed Kate Stonestreet as its new global chief operating officer, taking over from Jason Marty, who joins Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner as COO on 1 March. Stonestreet, who heads Baker’s business services transformation project underpinned by ServiceNow, will oversee all of the business services functions of the firm.
Stonestreet will take up her new position with effect from 1 February 2021 and will remain based in London. Since 2017 she has been the firm’s global director of operations with responsibility for the strategic oversight of centers in Manila, Belfast, Buenos Aires and Tampa, and as part of the leadership team overseeing the development and implementation of the Firm’s business services transformation program.
The business services transformation project sees everything from documents production to billing to support for directories run through ServiceNow, in an attempt to streamline the workflow and avoid a need for internal emails.
“Coming from a small village in Yorkshire in the North of England and joining the firm in a relatively junior role in Hong Kong, I am a story of what is possible at Baker McKenzie,” Stonestreet said. “As a Firm we are in a strong position as we emerge from the pandemic – with loyal clients, connected global teams, and the drive to excel. This is an exciting time, and we face both opportunities and challenges as we emerge from the crisis, but I believe we are strongly positioned for the future and I look forward to playing a central role in ensuring our future success.”