Here’s our first round-up of People News for 2015

We’ve got UK, US and ediscovery people related stories today – and we wrap up with news of a legal IT vendor supporting a legal charity…
22d821dUK: Samia Rauf has left BA Insight, where she was the EMEA regional sales director for nearly three years, and joined Intapp as Managing Director for regional sales and senior relationship management.
US: Phoenix Business Solutions has announced the opening of new Chicago office and move of New York office to bigger premises thanks to continued growth and success in the North American market. Phoenix say the new office in Chicago will help them better serve their Midwest and West Coast clients. The company has also recruited Syed Imam to take on the role of Americas Consultancy Manager in our newly opened Chicago office. Syed comes with deep and extensive knowledge and experience having been a consultant with iManage/Interwoven/Autonomy/HP since 1997. He will be consolidating and building the Phoenix US consultancy team and providing presales support to our sales team.
US: Innovative Computing Systems has added Ted Glutz to its team of experts in the role of Director of Solutions Consulting. Glutz will provide direction to the company’s solutions consulting practice and will serve on the management team. Over the last 13 years, before joining Innovative Computing Systems, he worked with law firms of all sizes, advising them on their technology and organizational challenges. He retired from serving the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a legal administrator and technology manager after 20 years. He is active in both the International Legal Technology Association and the Association of Legal Administrators.
Mark PeplowUK: Mark Peplow has joined Peppermint Technology as Director of Operations with responsibility for Service Delivery, Development, Test, Product Management and Customer Support. As a result of the continued growth that Peppermint is experiencing, this role has been created to strategically direct management across the company’s operational functions which will enable the business to scale effectively and meet demand for the Peppermint Platform.
US Ediscovery: DTI has appointed Kurt Watson as director of technology. Watson has held key positions in the Philadelphia litigation support industry since 2005, and brings a breadth of experience to DTI and its clients. DTI has also appointed Joe Toto as its director of sales for the Pennsylvania region. Toto has nearly 20 years of experience in the litigation support business.
US Ediscovery: Andrea Johnson, the former vice president of marketing and head of innovation at Kroll Inc, has been named chief marketing officer of Catalyst, the Denver-based company that provides a secure, multi-language, e-discovery platforms to help the world’s largest companies and law firms manage electronic discovery and other complex legal matters. As CMO, Ms. Johnson will take the lead in driving Catalyst’s growth domestically and internationally. She will be responsible for designing and executing Catalyst’s strategic marketing plan and for formulating and managing the marketing budget. She will oversee all aspects of the company’s branding, communications, public relations and social media. “Andrea is a creative and smart marketing professional with a proven track record of building successful companies,” said John Tredennick, Catalyst’s founder and CEO. “She understands our industry intimately and we are thrilled to have her as part of our team.”
US: FTI Consulting Inc has launched its FTI Technology Information Governance and Compliance services offering, which provides corporations with the experienced people, defensible processes and award-winning technology to develop, implement and augment information governance programs. These services assist corporations in reducing risk, cutting storage costs, securing data and improving the effectiveness of their e-discovery process by enabling faster and deeper insight into data. Jake Frazier has been appointed a Senior Managing Director in the firm’s Technology segment, in his new role he will lead the new Information Governance and Compliance services offering. He will be based in Austin.
UK: Online conveyancing case management software provider Hoowla has recruited former conveyancing solicitor Natalie Williams – pictured with Tom O’Brien, Marketing Director (left) and Adam Curtis, Managing Director (right) – to its growing team. She will be responsible for on boarding new conveyancing firms signed up to use Hoowla and building strong relationships with them. Natalie will also be working closely with Hoowla’s product design team providing feedback and opinion on new and existing features in Hoowla and really championing customers. Natalie joins the team in the same week as Hoowla announces they’ve been shortlisted for an ESTnet award which recognises highly-innovative digital businesses emerging in Wales.
KC0_1077crpUK & US: Just before Christmas, Tikit announced that Katherine Ainley (pictured left) currently director of Client Services and Transformation at Tikit would succeed Tim Springham, as CEO when he retired on December 31, 2014. Katherine joined Tikit earlier this year as the director of Client Services and Transformation. She has been with BT for seven years, in which time she has held various leadership roles in general management, strategy, and business Improvement. She was also the CEO of BT Payphones, responsible for running the payphone business across the UK. Before joining BT, Katherine worked at Lloyds TSB. She originally started her career as a management consultant at Ernst & Young.
UK Charity: Finally, long hours, heavy workloads and a poor work-life balance have become hallmarks of a lawyer’s life. Addressing stress and other emotional difficulties in the early stages limits the interference of these psychological issues on work performance and family life. That’s why Quill Pinpoint is continuing its support of dedicated legal industry charity, LawCare, by funding its ongoing advertising campaigns in varied publications. LawCare offers free, confidential support to lawyers and their families. To do so, it’s entirely reliant upon its network of business sponsors. Elizabeth Rimmer, LawCare’s Chief Executive, adds: “We’re a small charity of 5 people. There’s huge demand for our services, meaning that our helplines are busier than ever. However, there remains a proportion of the industry who doesn’t know about our work. We appreciate Quill’s ongoing sponsorship because it’s enabling us to publicise our charity to a wider audience.”