Thursday, August 5, 2010

Freshfields Knowledge Management - Five Year Plan Completed

News has been leaking in for the past three weeks regarding the unconfirmed departure of Michael Hertz from his role of global Chief Knowledge Office at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

It appears that after five years (almost to the day given that Michael started running the ship there in June 2005), White & Case is about to get a new Chief Marketing Officer in the US as Michael heads back home.

During his tenure, Michael resided over a number of restructures within the department (via which the firm inadvertently and unfortunately lost a majority of the shining lights that they needed to retain, with most being snapped up by peer firms before the dust settled), and also the controversial merging of the Knowledge function with the Business Development function.

With Matthew Parsons having left Linklaters, David Jabbari leaving Allen & Overy, and now Michael leaving Freshfields, who next and what next for Knowledge Management strategic leadership in law?

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