Dechert has announced its first black c-suite level professional in the role of its chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer.
Satra Sampson-Arokium has stepped into an expanded new role at the international firm after four years as its global director of diversity and inclusion (D&I).
Since joining the firm in 2017, Sampson-Arokium has worked closely with Dechert’s management committee and diversity and inclusion committee in setting and implementing the firm’s diversity and inclusion plans.
Now in her expanded role, Sampson-Arokium will have an increased focus on client collaboration to further Dechert’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
Andrew Levander, chair of the firm’s policy committee, said: “Satra has made a significant contribution to the culture and trajectory of our firm. This appointment emphasises that diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of Dechert’s business strategy.”
Before joining Dechert, Sampson-Arokium was Arnold & Porter’s director of D&I, and responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s diversity initiatives.
Prior to that, she spent over a decade at Deloitte in various roles including chief of staff for global enterprise risk services and then as a senior consultant for global diversity.
“Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical components to the success of any global institution,” said Sampson-Arokium.
“I have devoted my professional life to furthering these principles and it is more critical now than ever that we prioritise creating and sustaining an inclusive legal industry.”