Workshare will today (30 January) unveil three major hires to its leadership team, as it expands its global operations in the legal industry.

The global appointments in the Workshare team are:

Curt Meltzer (pictured) as VP Strategic Relationships, based in New York. Curt recently undertook a brief stint as chief of regional IT operations at Norton Rose Fulbright and his extensive legal IT background comes from having served as CIO at leading firms Chadbourne & Parke, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Dorsey & Whitney, and Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly. Curt will represent the voice of the market, leading Workshare’s client advisory and engagement group, while nurturing key relationships with Workshare’s technology and channel partners.

Shaun Locke as General Manager for APAC, based in Sydney. Shaun has extensive operational experience across the APAC region, having spent four years with both Reckon and DocsCorp. He has also held roles at Australian consulting and technology firm Oakton and Recommind (now OpenText). He will be focused on building out and expanding Workshare’s operations in the region.

Dave Englund as Strategic Account Director based in New York. Dave, who joined Workshare in January, will be looking after clients on the East coast and Canada. He has a deep knowledge of the legal software industry having spent 10 years at OpenText and three years at iManage where he created engagement and highly-valued relationships.

While we have not yet seen the full figures, the hires comes after what Workshare says is a record year in 2017, both in terms of the volume and value of sales and client wins, where the London-headquartered company welcomed over 1,000 new customers across its spectrum of product offerings. As we revealed on 24 January one of those was Fieldfisher, which is one of the first law firms to sign up to Workshare’s transaction management platform Transact.

Nick Thomson, Workshare CRO, said, “Our success in 2017 has come from listening and engaging closely with the market to address concerns being missed by other vendors. The results have been outstanding, with customers selecting Workshare for comparison, while some of the largest global firms have chosen the Workshare Secure and Transact innovations to enhance security and productivity. In 2018, we recommit our resources to listening to the market and bringing in talent that will represent our market to continue our evolution.”

On Shaun’s appointment, Nick said “We see significant potential in the APAC region and we’re now in a position to invest and grow there. With his extensive knowledge of the market, we’re delighted Shaun has chosen to lead our efforts.”

In addition to adding extensive legal commercial experience, Workshare was keen to appoint a highly respected industry figure, whose experience and perspective could shape their product roadmap and engagement model. On Curt’s appointment, Nick said, “We’re ecstatic Curt Meltzer has decided to join Workshare – his extensive BigLaw experience will be invaluable in pushing us to innovate and engage even more closely with our market and our clients. It’s a very exciting time for us.”

Curt said, “Having worked with the Workshare team over the last 2.5 years helping shape the Secure and Risk Analytics proposition, I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the quality of the engineering and the dedication to delivering legal specific solutions. I’m excited to help Workshare build out its engagement model, and to shape the roadmaps to meet the specific needs of the legal industry.”