Michael Woodford MBE Appointed to Board as Non-Executive

23 Oct 2014

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has appointed Michael Woodford MBE as a non-executive member of its Board. The Board has supervisory responsibility for developing the firm’s strategy and overseeing its implementation.

Michael was formerly president and COO (April 2011) and CEO (October 2011) of Olympus Corporation and has over 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing industry internationally. He was also the first foreign national to rise up through the ranks and become President of a Japanese conglomerate. Michael regularly consults on corporate governance worldwide, speaks on human rights, road safety, and undertakes philanthropy.

Colin Passmore, Simmons & Simmons’ Senior Partner, said: "Michael’s extensive business experience, as well as his commercial acumen, in running a major global business makes him a valuable addition to the Board."

The Simmons & Simmons Board is now comprised of Colin Passmore (Chairman), Jeremy Hoyland (ex officio as the firm’s Managing Partner), Alex Brown, Alyson Lockett, Fiona Loughery, Peter Meyer, Leo Verhoeff, Patrick Wallace, Michael Woodford and Rodger Hughes (as non-executive directors), David McLaughlin (ex officio as the firm’s financial director) and David Staiano (ex officio as the firm’s director of business development).

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