Operations group CLOC names a new president to replace Connie Brenton
After a couple of rudderless months, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) has named CLOC Board Member Mary Shen O’Carroll to serve as the group’s president, and has appointed Aine Lyons to its board. Both women are starting immediately. O’Carroll (in the photo above) replaces founding member Connie Brenton, who reportedly left after differing on group policy. Brenton was said to be open to law firms having a role in the organization, which apparently was opposed by others, who want to keep membership strictly for in-house legal departments.
CLOC has grown exponentially over the last three years, increasing its membership from 40 to 2,000 members. The group now is expanding its board to ensure representation of its worldwide members.
Being president at CLOC isn’t a full-time job. O’Carroll has a day job as Google’s director of legal operations, technology and strategy. She is responsible for overseeing key aspects of financial performance management, outside counsel management and internal operations. O’Carroll is one of the original leaders of CLOC and the press release hailing her election calls her “a passionate leader in driving disruptive technology and processes designed to change the future of the legal industry.”
“I am honored and humbled to take on the role of President for CLOC,” said O’Carroll in a statement. “The opportunities are immense for legal operations professionals and we are dedicated to the task of taking CLOC and the legal operations profession to the next level in reforming and shaping our industry.”
The group, which represents a part of in-house departments that didn’t really exist as a force until only recently, is also expanding globally. And that has been the role of Aine Lyons, who is a deputy general counsel at VMware Inc. Lyons’ efforts at VMware have led to several awards, such as winning the 2018 Financial Times Intelligent Business—Contracting award, and being called 2015 ACC Value Champion.