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Multinational Law Firm Appoints Kate Stonestreet

Multinational law firm Baker McKenzie is delighted to announce the appointment of Kate Stonestreet as our new Global Chief Operating Officer.

In her new role, Kate will report to our Global Chair Milton Cheng, and will oversee all of the business services functions of the law firm, as well as the law firms internal business services transformation project which aims to deliver higher quality service to our internal and external clients in a streamlined and tech-enabled way.

Kate will work alongside the Global Chair and Executive Committee on the implementation of law firm strategy, with a key focus on our clients and our people.

This will leverage the law firms global footprint and the investments we have made in innovation and sustainability to reinforce our leading position as a diverse and inclusive workplace committed to our clients, people and the communities in which we work.

She will take up her new position with effect from 1 February 2021 and will remain based in London.

Since 2017, Kate has been the law firms Global Director of Operations with responsibility for the strategic oversight of our Centres in Manila, Belfast, Buenos Aires and Tampa, and as part of the leadership team overseeing the development and implementation of the law firms business services transformation program.

Prior to assuming her current role Kate spent 13 years as the EMEA Regional Operating Officer supporting our EMEA leadership, working with Managing Partners and leading the regional business professional teams.

During her time as EMEA ROO, she was instrumental in the new office openings in Casablanca, Dubai, Istanbul and Johannesburg.

Prior to her EMEA role, Kate held a variety of positions within the law firm including Chief Operating Officer for HK / PRC / Vietnam and Director of Business Development for Asia Pacific. She joined the law firm in Hong Kong in 1995 and has been based in London since 2004.

Kate earned her BA Hons degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Northumbria and her MBA from the University of Western Ontario, Hong Kong campus. She is a member of our Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee and our Global Race & Ethnicity Task Force, and co-leads the law firms social mobility program.

Milton Cheng Joins Chief Executives in Change initiative

Milton Cheng has reinforced the commitment of the leading global law firm to join Catalyst’s mission to elevate women in leadership roles.

Baker McKenzie is a multinational law firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1949 as Baker & McKenzie, it has 77 offices in 46 countries, and over 6000 lawyers worldwide. It is one of the largest law firms in the world by headcount and revenue.

Milton is one of the Chief Executives involved in the Catalyst For Change initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workforce. Catalyst’s 2020 report, Towards a More Equitable Future, found that Catalyst For Change companies are addressing challenges in the representation of marginalised groups by building a strong foundation at the manager level.

The 2020 report identifies ways global companies can collect data on ethnicity and race in their organisations, as well as highlighting the latest statistics for women’s representation in the global leadership pipeline.

Milton Cheng, Baker McKenzie Global Chair commented; “Twenty years after electing the first female Chair of any global law firm, we are proud to say that once again we are leading the way in the legal sector.

To demonstrate our commitment to being inclusive, we have set global aspirational targets of 40% women, 40% men and 20% flexible by 2025.

This target applies to Partners, senior business professionals, firm committee leadership and candidate pools for recruitment.”

This pledge follows Baker McKenzie’s earlier commitment with Catalyst in 2020. The Firm became one of 56 companies and organisations who have joined Catalyst’s Gender and Diversity KPI Alliance to support the adoption and use of a set of key performance indicators that will measure gender and diversity.