Transformation was a hot topic pre-Covid and couldn’t be more pertinent now with increasing governance and economic pressures placed on the legal function. However, knowing where and when to start the transformation of an in-house function can be a daunting and undefined task – how do you maximise time, effort and investment? Jo Anne Schwendinger, Chief Legal and Compliance officer at U.S company II-VI will be joining us to discuss her experiences of navigating the transformation journey. Drawing on her experiences we will explore triggers for change, how you pinpoint your starting place, benchmarking success and practical tips to respond to this emerging area of focus for in-house teams.
Speakers: Jamie Whalebone, Director of Legal Consultancy & Transformation, DWF and Jo Anne Schwendinger, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, II-VI Inc
Jamie is the Director of Legal Consultancy & Transformation at DWF and is responsible for leading the transformation and consultancy practice within Managed Services, focusing on advising clients on in-house transformation activities, managed services outsourcing, and internally leading delivery optimisation projects across the group's practice areas. Jamie is also responsible for driving the legal tech strategy and adoption at DWF. He specialises in transforming legal service delivery through creating new operating models, process optimisation, and the integration of legal technology. Jamie was previously responsible for the setup, operational governance, and delivery of both a managed delivery team and a legal technology operations team at another international law firm. Jamie has experience in creating tech enabled legal solutions, including machine learning and digital workflow management, harnessing technology to create end-to-end legal solutions.
Jo Anne Schwendinger
Jo Anne Schwendinger was appointed to the position of General Counsel and Secretary of II-VI Incorporated, on March 6, 2017, and took on her current role of Chief Legal and Compliance Officer and Secretary in November of 2017. Prior to joining II-VI, Jo Anne served in the Legal Department at John Deere, where she held various positions, including Regional General Counsel for Asia-Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Jo Anne holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she served as Managing Editor of the Law Review. She earned a Master’s degree from the University of Strasbourg, France, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Avignon, France.
Jo Anne was the founding President of the Singapore Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC”), and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the ACC global Board of Directors.