All the latest UK, EMEA and US movers and shakers

Legaltech veteran Tim Kenney has joined Enable Business Solutions as director of sales for North America. He’ll be focused on expanding the presence of Enable’s PitchPerfect and RevenueManager products in the North American legal market.

Kenney has over two decades of experience in the legal technology space, including senior roles with Handshake/Aderant, Legal360 and most recently eSentio Technologies. He has worked with AmLaw 200 firms in software sales, technology implementations, and as a strategic advisor. Prior to this Kenney was a practicing attorney.

David Lumsden, Enable’s CEO, said: “Enable PitchPerfect has enjoyed notable success in the North America legal market and we’re delighted to have someone of Tim’s caliber lead our sales and marketing efforts in North America. He has great relationships in the legal technology space, and years of experience working with some of the largest firms in the world.”

Elsewhere, at Clifford Chance, April Brousseau has taken over as director of research and development. Brousseau was formerly global lead for Clifford Chance Create & Innovation.

In case you missed it in the latest Orange Rag, here is a roundup of all the latest movers and shakers over the past few weeks.To send your moves to us for inclusion in the next newsletter and on the website, email caroline.hill@legalitlexicon.com

NORTH AMERICA

Mary O’Carroll has left Google for contract lifecycle management vendor Ironclad and handed over the reigns as president of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium to Mike Haven, associate general counsel and head of legal operations at Intel, who has been CLOC board member since March 2019.

Head of legal operations at Google since 2008, O’Carroll has joined Ironclad as chief community officer, where she will be building a movement within the CLM space.

She said on 22 April on LinkedIn: “I am starting something new. About 13 years ago, I was given the amazing opportunity to stand up a legal operations function at Google, at a time when the field barely existed. A few years later, I was part of a small band of like-minded misfits from in-house departments that created CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium), where I would eventually serve as President. These two great organizations, Google and CLOC, have defined much of my personal and professional life for well over a decade.

“Today, I am so happy to be joining a new group of amazing, talented radicals who share my obsession for industry transformation. I am excited to announce that I am starting as Chief Community Officer at Ironclad, Inc.”

BRYTER has appointed Eugene Shim as its new vice president of sales following its latest $66m Series B.

Based in Boston, Shim joins BRYTER’s team at a time of rapid development for the company, which says that his experience and extensive network will help drive growth for the business, particularly in the North American markets.

Shim said: “Designating Automation as a corporate priority has become more of a ‘when’ than an ‘if’. Growing business demands, developer shortages and now virtual working environments are forcing companies to allocate human resources more effectively. The future leaders in this space will be those who offer a platform that is truly tailored for business users, while powerful enough to meet complex business requirements. I am excited to be joining BRYTER to help accelerate our growth, particularly in the US corporate market. Our platform is leveraged by citizen developers to create mission-critical applications that accurately transfer their expert knowledge. The recent funding reflects confidence in our future growth and affirms that our clients realize value while freeing up time for strategic initiatives.”

Wolters Kluwer Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) has appointed Raja Sengupta as executive vice president and general manager of its ELM Solutions business, effective May 3, 2021. He replaces Jonah Paransky who is stepping down from the position after four years to pursue outside career interests. Sengupta previously led Wolters Kluwer GRC’s Lien Solutions business.

“Corporate legal professionals are increasingly leveraging technology solutions and analytics to manage risk and drive operational efficiencies,” said Richard Flynn, CEO of Wolters Kluwer GRC. “Raja is a customer-focused leader who has combined data driven insights and advanced technology to create market-leading solutions for customers ranging from the largest global banks to start-up businesses.  I am excited that he will now bring this approach and expertise to serve our corporate legal and insurance customers and their law firms”.

Prior to Wolters Kluwer Sengupta served as General Manager of American Express Merchant Financing. He started his career as a management consultant in Mitchell Madison Group’s New York office. Subsequently, as global head of Banking & Financial Services Practices at Inductis LLC (now part of EXL Service), he played a critical role in the firm’s growth, positioning it as a reputable player in big data analytics.

Rupert Murray has rejoined nQ Zebraworks business development team, handling the northeastern United States. In a statement, the company said: “Rupert joins a long list of former employees who have found their way back to nQ Zebraworks, and we couldn’t be happier that he has returned.”

Murray has spent more than 35 years working with some of the world’s leading legal tech providers, including nQ, LexisNexis, Xerox and Iron Mountain.  

Onit has appointed Brad Rogers as senior vice president of strategy and growth. Rogers has more than two decades of transformation leadership experience in organizations including Bank of America, GE and JPMorgan Chase. He previously served as chief operations officer and chief of staff for advocacy and oversight at a Fortune 100 global financial services company with more than $1 trillion in assets under management and 14,000 employees globally. While there, he had a leadership role in building legal operations capabilities designed to drive productivity and cost reductions. 

At Onit, Rogers will focus on developing, executing and sustaining corporate strategic initiatives that advance its aggressive growth trajectory and innovation. 

“Brad is a respected thought leader in our industry and has developed a stellar track record of accomplishments in digital and legal operations transformations. He also has in-depth knowledge of Onit platforms and products, as he has used our technology for years to execute his vision. I enjoyed working with him as a customer and look forward to his contributions to our strategic endeavors,” commented Eric M. Elfman, CEO and founder of Onit.

Martin Catania has been named president of Keno Kozie, which is now part of HBR Consulting.

Catania has been with Keno Kozie for over 20 years and has held leadership roles in the engineering, help desk and administration departments of the firm. In his new role, Catania manages all staff and operations of the firm, works closely with HBR leadership in setting strategy and direction and ensures Keno Kozie is evolving as needed to keep up with the ever-changing technologies and requirements of the firm’s worldwide client base. 

“We look forward to working with Martin in his expanded capacity as we leverage the combined Keno Kozie and HBR offerings to maximize client benefit,” said Chris Petrini-Poli, executive chairman of HBR. “He is at the heartbeat of our clients experience with technology in his historical role overseeing user support and enabling technologies. Our clients expect only the best, and Martin provides just that.”

Casey Flaherty has joined ‘legal tech collective’ LexFusion, which launched six months ago. Flaherty has been announced as the third co-founder – alongside Joe Borstein and Paul Stroka – and takes the role of chief strategy officer. Flaherty was most recently director of legal project management at global law firm Baker McKenzie and has held in-house roles including corporate counsel at Kia Motors.

He is co-founder and principal of Procertas, which was one of the first organisations to promote competency-based technology training.

At LexFusion, Flaherty will be engaging legal departments and legal service providers in LexFusion’s go-to-market operation.

Stroka said: “Casey has a unique ability to speak directly to those in the legal field about their needs, their pain points, and their unbounded opportunities to deliver excellence, especially as an increasing number of law departments and firms come to terms with the imperatives of digital transformation. Today, as Casey officially joins LexFusion, I am even more confident we can meet our clients’ needs as trusted advisors filtering out the noise in an ever more crowded marketplace.”

Exterro has hired Ray Pathak, former COO at Nymity and TrustArc executive, as their new vice president of data privacy solutions.

“Ray’s experience as a privacy professional stretches more than 15 years, and his career features a unique combination of in-depth privacy operational experience and a stellar business skillset,” said Exterro CEO Bobby Balachandran. “He’s built, managed, and led privacy programs effectively on both the B2C and B2B sides. As a leader in product sales, marketing, and customer success at Nymity, Ray helped the company achieve explosive growth from 2015 to 2019. He brings a wealth of knowledge and proven expertise to the task of shepherding Exterro’s growth in data privacy.”

Hanzo has appointed Paul Suh as chief financial officer. Suh, who is based in New York, has experience of SaaS-based systems and was previously CFO at fintech company Back Office.

“As we set our sights on the next stage of growth, we are making significant investments in organizational structure so that we can efficiently bring to market the innovative best-in-class solutions our product and engineering teams have been delivering,” said Keith Laska, chief executive officer of Hanzo. “Paul brings a strong track record of successfully raising capital and scaling businesses. We believe with Paul’s appointment, we have an exceptional management team in place to accelerate revenue growth, profitability, and market expansion.”

UK and EMEA

Frans Post has joined Venturis Consulting Group as a partner. Post has held roles including chief finance officer at Clifford Chance, Mourant and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. At Venturis he will be helping law firms to restructure their finance teams and systems. He has particular interest in data, practice performance dashboards, and pricing and profitability tools.

According to a statement from Venturis, Post, who will be based in Amsterdam, will be helping clients with everything from profit optimisation to the restructuring of finance teams and systems.

Addleshaw Goddard has hired TLT legal analyst Matt Edmonds as senior legal technologist, starting in May. Edmonds has been at TLT for eight years, starting out as an office assistant before becoming a legal assistant and then legal analyst. 

Edmonds said on LinkedIn: “I had an amazing sign off from TLT last week after my (nearly) eight-year tenure. I’m so grateful for the opportunities and memories and looking forward to the next chapter.”

Kerry Westland, who is head of innovation and technology at Addleshaw Goddard, said: “Looking forward to welcoming you to the team.”

Allen & Overy has hired Oliver Jeffcott as legal technology solutions analyst, where he will be using his experience as a qualified solicitor to drive service improvements.

Jeffcott, who has been an associate at Bolt Burdon Kemp; Slater and Gordon; and Blake Morgan, in 2018 founded online claims platform Litem to help injured cyclists settle their case for free.

His hire follows that of legal engineer Ana Burbano, who joined A&O as legal technology solutions analyst in February.

And A&O’s global managing partner Andrew Ballheimer is joining the board of Factor in the latest big name hire for the alternative legal services provider rebranded from Axiom Managed Solutions.

Factor will be leveraging Ballheimer’s knowledge and experience of the legal sector: he stepped down as managing partner in April 2020 after 35 years in private practice, including 15 years in senior management roles at A&O.

During Ballheimer’s time in management, A&O launched its Belfast shared services centre; it’s flexible resourcing arm Peerpoint; and its legal innovation lab Fuse.

Speaking to Legal IT Insider, Ballheimer stressed that Factor works in partnership – not competition – with his previous firm and he said: “The proof of the answer is that A&O has a captive in Belfast and still works in partnership with Factor: it’s a complimentary offering.”

DWF has hired Jordan Owen to lead its Global Entity Management service. Owen joins DWF from KPMG, where she spent the last five years as a senior manager in the Global Entity Management team, which she helped establish. Prior to that, she was at Eversheds for five years.

The new service will allow clients to outsource the day-to-day management of their global entity portfolio, with complete assurance of compliance with local laws and regulations and price certainty. Owen will work alongside DWF’s existing and established UK Company Secretarial team, led by Laura Forbes.

Owen said: “DWF’s strong identity and a clear global presence is definitely a key attraction to joining the business. My experience and drive, together with DWF’s reputation in the market, will allow me to create a thriving global offering for clients. I look forward to getting started and working with the team.”

Lauren Colbeck has joined Access Legal as head of product. Colbeck joins from Peppermint Technology, where she spent three years as head of product management for the legal sector. Previously, Lauren spent over a decade in product management at Experian.

Colbeck said: “The advantage of Access having multiple divisions outside of the legal sector is that I can benefit from a wider pool of resources, expertise and best practice to bring even greater insight into our legal offering and ensure we continue to offer the innovation that ambitious law firms need. And, as we evolve and move towards a single sign-on solution in the form of Access Workspace for Legal, we are in a position to bring something truly unique to firms trying to stand out in an increasingly competitive market.”

Caroline.hill@legalitlexicon.com

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