Nabarro has announced that Stella Beaumont, former director of international and business development at Guardian News & Media, has joined the firm’s board as a non-executive director.
The move to appoint someone from both outside the firm and outside the legal sector is a first for Nabarro and is viewed as a positive step by the partnership.
According to Nabarro, Beaumont’s background in the fast-changing media and digital space will bring new insights and her skills in advising on major strategic developments will complement those of the senior team that sets the firm’s direction.
Beaumont’s career began at Guardian News & Media in 1983 after she received an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford and spent two years working in the London office of the Yorkshire Post. She became planning director during the time when the web was a new frontier and set up the New Media Lab, the Guardian’s first online publishing team. She also launched recruitNet, its first commercial online play. During this time, she was director of Guardian Weekly and grew partnerships with press in South Africa, South America and beyond.
When Carolyn McCall became chief executive officer of the Guardian in 2000, Beaumont was promoted to director of strategy and corporate development. She ended her career as Guardian News & Media group director of international and business development, improving the profitability of the organisation’s international operations and planning entry into US, Indian and Middle Eastern markets.