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Linklaters has appointed Simon Thompson as global chief operating officer (COO), a position that had been redundant for the last three years.
Thompson, who was previously the magic circle firm's director of information systems and strategy (ISS), takes on the COO position with immediate effect.
As COO Thompson will sit on the firm's executive committee, which is chaired by the firmwide managing partner. Currently that position is held by Tony Angel, but he will be succeeded by Simon Davies in January 2008. Thompson will be responsible for the non-fee-earning business services within the firm, helping to ensure that Linklaters' market leadership strategy is implemented.
Thompson's role is vastly different from that of the magic circle firm's last COO. Jim Wadia, who took on the role in 2001, was brought in to manage and implement the firm's merger and integration process. He left after completing his three-year term.
Thompson is initially being drafted in for a two-year period, although it is understood that his term in office could be extended if the resurrection of the COO role proves a success.
Davies, the firmwide managing partner elect, welcomed Thompson to the role. He said: "He’s made a tremendous contribution to the firm as director of ISS and, with his significant management skills and experience, is ideally placed to help us build on the progress the firm has made in becoming the leading global law firm."