Clifford Chance has promoted its regional chief operating officer for Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa to the role of global chief operating officer.
Gavin Goodwin, who is based at the firm’s Dubai office, will be taking over the position from Caroline Firstbrook, who has held the role since January 2015 but is now leaving the firm.
Goodwin, who has been at Clifford Chance for 25 years, will now be responsible for the firm’s global operations. He first joined the firm in 1997 as a strategic analysis manager, and has held several leadership roles across multiple offices around the world including New York, London and Milan. He will report directly to the new global managing partner Charles Adams, himself based in Milan, and will also work closely with the newly appointed global partner for operations and business transformation, Jessica Littlewood.
Global managing partner Charles Adams said: “Our operations are critical to fully leveraging our talent, and depth and breadth of the expertise across our extensive global network. Gavin and Jessica will work together to drive further optimization and continuous modernization of our operational processes. We are going to continue investing in this area, with focus on the new ways of managing data and further digitalization to drive global consistency and efficiency in delivering outstanding legal expertise to our clients”.
The announcement comes as the latest in a series of changes to the Clifford Chance leadership team which included the appointment of Sarah Jones as global head of corporate, Emma Matebalavu as global head financial markets and Charles Alberts as global wellbeing and employee experience head.
Global managing partner, Charles Adams, took up his position in May, following elections which finished in December 2021.