Clifford Chance lawyer made global talent partner
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Chinwe Odimba-Chapman

Clifford Chance has appointed employment partner Chinwe Odimba-Chapman to the new position of global partner for talent, one of two new roles announced by the magic circle firm.

Odimba-Chapman (pictured), who has been with the firm for nearly 20 years, will join its executive leadership group where she will bring extensive cross-border expertise in employment, labour, and HR issues.

“For all businesses, talent and culture is now one of the most important levers for organisational success,” said Odimba-Chapman. “Navigating the complexity of generational shifts, technology, regulation, and the fast-advancing [environmental, social, and governance] agenda has become even more challenging with covid.

“To achieve our vision, and as a leading professional services firm, we have to confront these issues and ensure questions about people and culture sit at the heart of all we do. I am proud to have the opportunity to help drive this agenda at Clifford Chance.”

Commenting on the appointment, global managing partner Matthew Layton said: “Chinwe is fantastically well placed to add value in this role, and will bring the challenge and fresh perspectives that will enrich our strategic decision-making.”

The firm has also announced the appointment of Grant Eldred as chief people officer. Eldred, currently global head of HR transformation at Goldman Sachs, will join Clifford Chance in April as part of its global executive operations group.

The two appointments follow the impending retirement of Laura King, the firm’s current global head of people and talent.

The firm said Odimba-Chapman and Eldred will work closely with Tiernan Brady, global head of inclusion, to deliver against its global people and inclusion agendas.

“Clifford Chance has made huge strides on its global people strategy and has demonstrated leadership, growth, innovation, and undeterred ambitions in complex environments,” said Eldred.

“I look forward to leading on Clifford Chance’s people agenda and working alongside Chinwe, Tiernan, and the firm’s wider leadership groups across the globe.”