Reed Smith Appoints Winston’s Cunningham for New Chief Innovation Officer
- David Cunningham served as CIO of Winston & Strawn
- Reed Smith says company seeks to “transform” its operations
(Reuters) – Reed Smith has hired veteran of legal innovation and operations David Cunningham as senior chief innovation officer, joining a growing list of law firms with such a leadership role.
Cunningham joins Reed Smith in Houston from Winston & Strawn, where he served as CIO since 2012. He will continue to lead Legal Metrics, a consortium he founded that automates performance and diversity analysis. between law firms and legal services, Reed Smith said in a statement announcing his hiring Thursday.
The Pittsburgh-based firm said Cunningham’s arrival “comes at an important time for Reed Smith, as the global firm seeks to transform its operations to accelerate the delivery and performance of legal services for clients and unlock new customer value levels “.
Reed Smith launched Gravity Stack, a technology and legal solutions subsidiary in 2018. The company also cited as examples of its innovation efforts Reed Smith Global Solutions, a shared services provider, and the company’s recent partnership with the codeless service automation platform BRYTER.
The goal of the position is to bring together the various efforts of the company into a “unified and focused” strategy, said Cunningham.
Cunningham has a lot on his agenda. Reed Smith said he would build on these offerings and put them “into a bundle of technology solutions and shared services.” He will also bring new products and services to market and set the strategy for Reed Smith’s data and analytics efforts, the company said.
Cunningham said his first few months will involve working with the company to establish strategic goals and metrics on what the company hopes to accomplish each year. “Part of that role is figuring out what’s going to happen,” he said. “Which is part of the fun and the challenge.”
He said he was drawn to the commitment to innovation shown by the company’s management.
“We must continue to create new service offerings and new products that provide more agile and personalized customer support, all with the goal of helping our customers move their businesses forward,” said Sandy Thomas, Global Managing Partner by Reed Smith, in a press release. “David brings the ultimate entrepreneurial approach to the delivery of legal services.”
As CIO of Winston & Strawn, Cunningham has led innovation efforts, particularly in areas such as information technology, data analytics, risk management and knowledge services, said Reed Smith.
“We thank Dave for his many years of service at Winston & Strawn and wish him well in his new business,” a company representative said in an email statement.
Prior to joining the law firm, Cunningham spent 20 years with HBR Consulting. He also played a role in supporting the initial growth of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC), said Reed Smith.
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