EY today announces the appointment of Mark Ford as Global Law Knowledge Leader, supporting the global organization’s ongoing growth as an enterprise legal services provider to businesses around the world.
In this new London-based role, Ford will lead a network of knowledge professionals across more than 90 countries where EY provides legal services. He will be responsible for building the global knowledge function for EY Law teams globally, which will help to connect EY countries and facilitate sharing of tools and insights throughout the business, to better serve the organization’s growing roster of clients in the legal space.
Ford joins the EY organization from international law firm Baker McKenzie, where he spent six years as Chief Knowledge Officer, leading a team of 300 knowledge management professionals around the world.
Earlier in his career, he spent more than 20 years at Clifford Chance, first as a lawyer specializing in data privacy and then in various knowledge management roles, including four years as the firm’s director of knowledge management. In addition, he spent a year as a legal and technology strategy consultant and set up the firm’s offshore legal managed services arm in India.
Dr. Cornelius Grossmann, EY Global Law Leader, says:
“Mark joins EY Law with an incredibly rich background working for some of the world’s most prestigious international law firms. He is a highly experienced leader and knowledge management professional, who is perfectly placed to help us on the next stage of our global expansion.
“Successful knowledge management is the lifeblood of any legal practice. It’s about ensuring that EY lawyers can use the collective experience and knowledge of the practice to work more efficiently and deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients. With Mark at the helm, overseeing the knowledge management program for EY Law teams globally, the organization will continue to build on the service that is setting us apart from the competition.”
Mark Ford, EY Global Law Knowledge Leader, says:
“The EY organization’s impact as an enterprise legal services provider has been phenomenal, and it’s exciting to be part of an organization that is helping businesses with legal advisory as well as operational needs. Knowledge management is seen as a key priority in helping to ensure the organization’s success, and I am proud to have the opportunity to build on the existing foundations and leverage the organization’s unique breadth of expertise in this new role.”
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