Latest Legal Tech Hires, Movers and Shakers
There are new senior appointments you need to know about at PWC, iManage, Mondaq, Litera, Wilson Allen, and Evisort
PWC appoints new global legal tech head
Not a hire as such but PWC has appointed Christian Oener as its global legal technology leader, based in Vienna, following the transition of former head Gunther Dobrauz-Saldapenna to a global role in the financial services team.
Oener is managing partner at PWC Austria. In his early career he was an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and has worked as a consultant The Boston Consulting Group as well as a partner at leading Austrian firm Wolf Theiss. He is a legal tech evangelist for Disruption Disciples in Vienna.
In an interview with Juve, Oener says that he was appointed as global legal tech leader because of his combination of legal and technical expertise. The global legal tech team includes around 20 people across Europe, the UK and Australia, and Oener tells Juve: “It is my job to expand this team.”
Penny Orme joins as global commercial director of iManage RAVN
iManage has appointed Penny Orme as commercial director for iManage RAVN globally. Orme, who was previously VP of sales at Apperio, will be focused on feeding into the overall business strategy, enabling the sales teams and driving new business.
Orme’s CV includes 13 years at Merrill Corporation, latterly as head of sales for EMEA.
Commenting on the appointment on LinkedIn, RAVN’s general manager Nick Thomson said: “Yes!! Let’s go!!”
Mondaq hires Tim Harty as new CEO
Professional services knowledge and content platform Mondaq has appointed Tim Harty as its new CEO. Harty has been engaged by Mondaq as a consultant for the past nine months.
Prior to joining Mondaq, he spent 19 years at Thomson Reuters, holding various product and general management positions, where most recently, as global head of actionable intelligence, he led the launch of an AI-enabled data privacy solution built in partnership with IBM Watson.
Charles Aspinwall, co-founder and director at Mondaq said: “The breadth and depth of Tim’s knowledge and his commitment to the continued success of Mondaq make him the perfect fit to further strengthen our management team. Tim will lead and build our team as we move into our next phase of growth.”
Litera announces further industry hires
Litera has made further industry hires as it looks to bolster its capability particularly around its transaction management business. John Lofy joins as vice president of key accounts and Katrina Jasaitis takes on the role of director of adoption. Joanne Woolford has been taken on as lead strategic growth consultant for North America.
Lofy was previously vice president of client management at HighQ and Thomson Reuters. He’ll be responsible for leading Litera’s key accounts program, driving their growth and retention and building strategic partnerships with the world’s largest law firms.
Jasaitis worked as a consultant at Foley & Lardner. She will be responsible for creating and executing Litera’s adoption strategy to enhance the customer experience and maximize their ROI.
Woolford previously worked at the Practising Law Institute and HighQ. She will be responsible for strategizing and planning adoption of the transaction management platform across firms.
These recent hires follow closely behind Tunji Williams, former CEO of DealWIP, Ian Kujawa, formerly with NetDocuments, and Judye Releford, formerly with BigHand.
Avaneesh Marwaha, Litera CEO, said, “Our strategy for being a truly global vendor is accomplished through hiring people with a wealth of experience and expertise in the legal technology field. We’re experiencing exceptional growth right now and are finding that employees are more than willing to join a company that is expanding into new markets and actively investing in its workforce.”
Anne Reavis joins Wilson Allen As A CRM Consultant
Anne Reavis has joined Wilson Allen as a CRM consultant. Reavis will work as part of Wilson Allen’s US-based CRM team in a strategic consulting role to support the successful delivery of CRM implementation and transformation projects.
Reavis joins Wilson Allen from Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, where she served as director of business intelligence with responsibility for Womble’s business intelligence, CRM and e-marketing platforms. Reavis also acted as the project lead for evaluation and migration of its 20-year-old CRM platform to OnePlace. She brings nearly 15 years of legal technology expertise to her new post.
“We see law firms placing increased emphasis on CRM in 2020 to support their business development strategies. As such, we anticipate a huge upswing in activity for our CRM team and wanted to get ahead of demand by hiring Anne,” says Michael Warren, VP of Wilson Allen’s CRM practice. “Her understanding of the drivers and challenges related to large-scale CRM projects and how to successfully navigate them will be of great value to our clients and our team.”
Wilson Allen’s CRM team has completed more than 200 CRM projects for law firms worldwide and calls 43 of the UK Top 100 and 30 of the AmLaw 200 law firms as clients.
Evisort hires Silicon Valley tech veteran Mark Stephenson as chief customer officer
Automated contract management provider Evisort has appointed Silicon Valley tech sales veteran Mark Stephenson as chief customer officer (CCO), a newly-created position. His hire comes one month after Evisort closed a $15 million Series A funding round led by Vertex Ventures and M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, with participation by Amity Ventures and Serra Ventures.
Evisort’s business objectives are to scale to $100 million in annual recurring revenue and maximize profitability, and Stephenson’s leadership is said to be essential in achieving these goals.
Overseeing marketing, sales and customer success, Stephenson will have complete accountability to build strategy and execution around the full customer lifecycle. He will help clients optimize use of Evisort’s “google for contracts” software-as-a-service (SaaS) contract analytics solution.
Prior to joining Evisort, Stephenson and his team scaled up Avi Networks, leading to its acquisition by VMWare.
“I look forward to working with Evisort’s leadership to build a world-class team and establish lasting customer relationships,” said Stephenson. “My CCO role underscores Evisort’s total focus on providing new AI technology enablement for contracts. Our mission is not to sell per se, but instead to provide a valued service to rapidly drive business productivity around contracting. Evisort can deliver contracts at the speed of business – improved business productivity awaits!”
FYI Evisort is hiring if you’re looking for a new role. Open positions currently include Account Executive – Enterprise, Product Marketing Manager, and Account Executive – Commercial. Take a peek at http://evisort.careers.
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