Facebook announces new global general counsel

by Steve Randall24 Apr 2019

Facebook announces new global general counsel
Former Davis Polk partner Jennifer Newstead is joining Facebook as global general counsel.

Newstead currently serves as the Legal Adviser to the United States Department of State, overseeing work on all domestic and international legal issues affecting the conduct of US foreign policy.

She previously held several roles in US government departments and courts.

“I’m excited to be joining Facebook at an important time and working with such a fantastic team,” Newstead said. “Facebook’s products play an important role in societies around the world. I am looking forward to working with the team and outside experts and regulators on a range of legal issues as we seek to uphold our responsibilities and shared values.”

She succeeds Colin Stretch who announced his intention to step down in July last year.

Ashurst rolls out global talent initiative for undergraduates
Graduates joining Ashurst will benefit from a new initiative aimed at meeting their varying career and development aspirations.

Ashurst Advance Pathway Programme offers graduates a structured career path within Ashurst Advance, the firm’s NewLaw legal operations division; and into other areas of the firm including legal and business services.

“By offering graduates a wide range of alternative career development opportunities, including into a number of 'new law' roles, we ensure we attract and retain the best talent,” said Mike Polson, co-head of Ashurst Advance. “Individuals are now empowered to take ownership of their development through a structured career path which provides opportunities for them to develop a highly varied and valuable skill-set and move into a diverse range of roles across Ashurst."

KWM appoints co-chief executive for HK office
King & Wood Mallesons has appointed a co-chief executive for its Hong Kong office.

Helena Huang will work alongside Hayden Flinn with a focus on expanding the office’s service offering and growth in key sector areas.

Ms. Huang will also work with management across the firm’s Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen offices in strengthening the growth of the KWM International Center.

She has more than 20 years of experience in Asia Pacific and the US and joined KWM in 2011.