Fox Rothschild LLP issued the following announcement on May 6.
In a move that cements the firm’s commitment to fostering strategic and innovative solutions that drive efficiencies in the delivery of client services, Fox Rothschild is pleased to announce the promotion of Catherine M. Monte to Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer (CKIO).
“Innovation is key to our culture as we continue to grow as a firm, both geographically as well as through our expanding practice capabilities and client reach,” said Mark L. Morris, Fox’s Firmwide Managing Partner. “It is critical that we continually think and reach beyond the ordinary to serve our clients and adapt our legal services delivery model to align with clients’ ever-changing needs.”
In this newly created senior management role, Monte will lead the firm in developing innovative programs and solutions, creating efficiencies through practice and business process re-engineering and helping to enhance the delivery and value of client services and the client experience. She will work closely with the firm’s Innovation Strategy Committee, administrative teams and other professionals in providing program management support for these initiatives.
“Catherine has piloted a number of key initiatives at Fox during her tenure with us, steering the firm into streamlined information sharing, enhanced risk mitigation efforts and strategic business and competitive intelligence programs during our decade of growth from a regional law firm into the national firm we are today,” said Morris. “We are supremely confident in her capabilities to lead these new endeavors as we identify new ways to approach the practice of law and implement promising initiatives.”
Monte has led the firm’s Knowledge Management Department for 18 years in the role of Chief Knowledge Officer, where she has overseen knowledge management research, risk mitigation and business/competitive intelligence initiatives. She heads a team of more than 30 administrative professionals who develop practice support and client-focused solutions.
She previously served in senior management roles at several AmLaw 100 international law firms, including as Head of Information Services at Clifford Chance and Head of Reference Services at Dewey Ballantine.
Monte has long been a recognized leader in the legal services industry. She currently serves on the Board of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), co-chairs ILTA’s Women Who Lead advisory group and is a member of the Thomson Reuters Innovation Advisors Board. She also holds active membership in the Special Libraries Association, American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association and Legal Marketing Association.
Monte earned an M.L.S. in Library and Information Science from Columbia University and a B.A. in English from Haverford College.
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