The Corporate Legal Operations Consortium has announced that Mary O'Carroll is stepping down, with another board member set to replace her.
CLOC – which is dedicated to transforming the business of law – will see a new president as of next month.
Mary O'Carroll, who has led the organisation since 2019, is stepping down as president and as a board member on 1 May 2021, while Intel head of legal operations and associate GC Mike Haven (who has served on the board since March 2019) will assume the role of president.
Ms O'Carroll is leaving CLOC, as well as her role as director of legal operations at Google (where she has worked for over a decade), to take a position at contract life-cycle management platform Ironclad as its chief community officer. Given that Ironclad is a “long-time” sponsor of CLOC, she will no longer be able to serve as part of the organisation’s leadership structure, due to the potential for conflict of interest.
Speaking about leaving CLOC, she said that it has been “an amazing privilege” to help grow and lead the organisation.
“While this was a hard decision, it was made easier because I have so much confidence in Mike as a leader. He is the perfect person to take CLOC into the future and continue to build this exceptional global legal operations movement,” Ms O'Carroll proclaimed.
Mr Haven said he is “honoured and excited” to assume the presidency.
“I have so much respect for Mary and appreciate all that she has contributed to legal industry transformation throughout her career. She has left CLOC in a great place,” he said.
“Working with executive director Betsi Roach, our leadership board, and our world-class professional staff and volunteer team, I will continue to build on our commitment to support the entire legal ecosystem and foster a more diverse, inclusive, efficient, and innovative culture.
“We have so much to look forward to as an organisation, community, and industry. The future is bright.”
In her new role at Ironclad, Ms O'Carroll will scale and lead the platform’s community as part of making digital contracting the new standard for business contracting.
Jason Boehmig, its chief executive and co-founder, said that “community has been at the centre of everything that we do since the beginning”.
“We exist to empower the passionate, energised innovators who are changing the way [that] contracting works. There is no one better than Mary – a visionary who helped establish legal operations – to lead that community,” he submitted.
Ms O'Carroll noted that she is passionate about transforming the business of law, and that she sees contracting as being one of the biggest opportunities for its revolution.
“Ironclad is building the new standard for contracting. In Ironclad, I see the same mix of magic ingredients of community, vision, and talent that I saw in my early days at Google. I’m excited about the unique opportunity to build a global community from the ground up again and help elevate contracting professionals across departments and functions,” she said.
Two years ago, Ms O'Carroll appeared on a Lawyers Weekly live-streamed webcast, hosted in conjunction with LOD and LegalVision, on the topic of how legal operations will impact lawyers’ work moving forward.