International law firm Ashurst will bring in Noel Jordan, former Group IT Director of GE Capital, as its new CTO.
Replacing current CTO Bruna Pellicci, who will be leaving Ashurst in July, Jordan will begin his new role in May and bring over 20 years’ experience in the financial services, utilities, and engineering sector companies.
The continued transformation within the legal sector and the role that technology plays in driving that change makes joining Ashurst a fascinating opportunity.
– Noel Jordan, CTO-to-be, Ashurst
Chief Financial and Operations Officer Jan Gooze-Zijl, another cross-industry hire who joined Ashurst in 2017, said: “We are confident that he will play a critical role in continuing to further develop our technology programmes and initiatives to ensure that our service offering operates at the forefront of the market.”
Before becoming Group IT Director of GE Capital, Jordan was CIO of GE Capital Bank UK, and has been with GE since 2002. Projects he worked on in his various roles with the company include executing an IT strategy to support the divestiture of $100 billion of financial assets, leading transformation programs for Asset and Inventory Finance, Invoice Discounting and Banking, and delivering IT architecture to support the launch of the UK Bank.
IT security in particular should be a major concern for law firms – they hold vast amounts of confidential data, process sizeable transactions, and have been major targets for cyberattacks in the past. Whether attackers are looking to steal client data, redirect funds, or track down information on M&A for insider trading purposes, there’s a lot of money to be made.
But even so, it is only recently that the legal sector has begun to shed its reputation for being behind the curve on security.
Jordan’s appointment likely reflects an attempt to get ahead by gaining cross-industry expertise and insights, particularly given the financial services’ reputation as particularly strong on cybersecurity.
Commenting on the move, he said: “The continued transformation within the legal sector and the role that technology plays in driving that change makes joining Ashurst a fascinating opportunity. I look forward to partnering with Jan, the Executive Team and the wider firm to further drive Ashurst’s growth plans.”