DLA Piper refreshes International Executive team

DLA Piper today announces a number of changes to its International Executive team, all effective as of 1st January, 2019. The refresh follows the re-election of Simon Levine as International Managing Partner for a second term, and have been made in order to support the firm’s wider strategy towards innovation and improved alignment across regions, practice groups and sectors.

Sandra Wallace will relinquish her role as UK Country Managing Partner to focus on her Executive role as Joint MD for the UK & Europe (including the Nordics and Portugal). She will be joined in that role by Jan Meents. His previous positions as Germany Country Managing Partner and as MD for Clients and Sectors will stand him in good stead for this new role.

Olaf Schmidt from the Milan office will take on the role of MD for Practice Groups. Olaf has experience of being an International Group Head, as well as a Sector Head, and has developed strong working relationships with Country Managing Partners, all of which will contribute to his new role.

Charles Severs will become MD for Asia Pac, the Middle East and Africa. In addition, Charles will also take on the role of Executive Partner, a new role that will see him support the Executive and the wider firm in taking on important ad hoc matters that arise during the year.

Stéphane Lemarchand from the Paris office will be a new appointment to the Executive as MD of Clients and Sectors, taking over from Jan Meents.

Jacqueline King, will join the Executive as Chief Operating Officer.

Commenting on the refreshed Executive, Simon Levine said: “In order to maintain momentum, while also injecting a level of freshness, I have added some new faces to our already well-established team. The current Executive has overseen the successful progression of the firm over the past four years, making huge strides in client service and innovation, and building a strong foundation from which to expand. With the changes in place, we look forward to furthering our agenda in innovation and strengthening our ability to have a positive impact on every client that we serve”.

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