NZLS CEO resigns

Joanna Simon will vacate the role at the end of the month

NZLS CEO resigns

New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa CEO Joanna Simon has tendered her resignation from the role.

The organisation confirmed that Simon would vacate her post at the end of the month. Her CEO tenure has lasted a little over a year.

The Law Society board is in the process of developing a recruitment plan to determine Simon’s replacement. The organisation’s vice president, David Campbell, praised Simon’s contributions during her time as leader.

“Ms Simon has been responsible for leading an ambitious transformation programme within the organisation, as well as influencing reform throughout the legal profession. She has overseen major projects including managing the Independent Review of the legal profession and facilitating an organisation-wide strategy which includes a representative strategy and a regulatory strategy,” he said. “Ms Simon has also made changes to the executive leadership team to support the organisation’s strategy for transformation.”

Simon also lauded the Law Society’s efforts to inspire reform and transformation in the industry.

“The Law Society has impressive aspirations for transformation and growth and a leadership team who are extremely capable of leading and executing the many initiatives we have undertaken. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working kanohi ki te kanohi with members and colleagues to create positive change, at a time of such significant reform and transformation in New Zealand’s legal profession,” she said.

Simon, who was previously COO of DLA Piper NZ, first took the mantle of CEO in April last year.

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