A&O announces new regional Diversity & Inclusion partners
19 February 2020
Their roles will be to support A&O's work around developing diverse talent pipelines and driving more local engagement and accountability.
The D&I partners are:
- Fiona Cumming (Asia Pacific)
- Ian Field (UK)
- Hendrik Jan Biemond (Europe)
- Elizabeth Leckie (Americas)
- Kathleen Wong (Africa and the Middle East)
Head of Diversity & Inclusion Jo Dooley comments: "While we have global goals and aspirations, the issues and challenges for D&I are not the same all over the world. It's important that we have representatives who understand specific cultural contexts and who can work with their local partners, people, networks, clients and other external stakeholders to drive change in the most effective way for their region."
Each of the new D&I partners will be undertaking their role alongside their existing practices, working closely with A&O's dedicated D&I team. With responsibility for different regions, the D&I partners will work together on initiatives, meeting regularly throughout the year to share insight from across the network.
UK D&I partner Ian Field comments: "I'm very excited to be taking on this role. We have made significant progress on our D&I agenda in recent years but there is a lot more that can be done. Tailoring our efforts at a local level will help us move forward with our D&I aims at a faster pace and to address the deep cultural changes that are needed to make progress.”
In the past year A&O has seen progress in diversity and inclusion across its global network, including an increase in the proportion of women promoted to partner in 2019 and being named a 2019 Stonewall Top Global employer in recognition of the firm's LGBT+ work.