UnitedLex announced Tuesday that it had snagged five new management-level hires away from the Big Four. The move comes as the service provider is anticipating a rapid acceleration of the digital transformation unfolding across legal departments, due to COVID-19 and budgetary pressures.
Among the new hires revealed were former Deloitte partner Mike Duggan, who signed on to become UnitedLex’s executive vice president, client and markets. The other four recruits all hail from PwC, including David Clarke (vice president and chief experience and marketing officer), Audra Nichols (senior vice president of digital solutions and methods), Bhavesh Patel (senior vice president, transformation) and Christian Schmitt (executive vice president, clients and markets leader, EMEA).
In case anyone was left wondering, the Big Four theme was not unintentional. Dave Edelheit, chief digital and transformation officer at UnitedLex, indicated that in order to serve the needs of legal departments undergoing a digital transformation, the provider needed to become “multi-threaded”—in other words, bolster its existing bench of legal expertise with knowledge of technology, digital experience and service delivery.
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