Baker McKenzie appointed Karyn McLean as Asia Pacific Head of Business Development, Marketing and Communications.

In this role, Karyn will be responsible for the Firm's business development and marketing strategy and execution across Baker McKenzie's 17 offices in Asia Pacific. She will also support senior management and industry and practice leads with new business generation, client relationship management, change management, branding, and other key strategic initiatives.

"We are delighted to welcome Karyn to the Firm, as she brings with her a wealth of experience in business development and marketing in the legal and professional services industry. We look forward to having her lead the team as we continue to enhance our profile and operations across the region," Chris Freeland, Managing Director, Asia Pacific.

Karyn is a senior marketing, business development, brand and communications executive with 15 years of experience working in international firms. She has extensive legal sector expertise, having previously led the Asia regional BDMC team for DLA Piper and managed the client relationship program for Allen & Overy's top Asia billing clients. Most recently, she was the regional marketing and communications head of CFA Institute, where she was also a member of the Asia Pacific Executive Management team and Global MarCom & Client Experience Management team.

Karyn is a CFA Charterholder and has an MBA from the University of Toronto. She has a passion for mentoring young women to support them in their early career development, and contributed to programs such as FT Women in Business Asia Forum, Women in Finance Asia and Young Women in Investment, India. She also serves on the Board of American Women's Association and Advisor Board of Mission for Migrant Workers.

Commenting on her appointment, Karyn said, "I’m very excited to join the Baker McKenzie team. The Firm has a strong presence in Asia Pacific and is well positioned to take advantage of the dynamic growth in the region. Baker McKenzie has an excellent reputation for innovative service, working with clients to meet the challenges of rapidly changing markets and economies. I look forward to being a part of the team."

Karyn started with the Firm on 22 August 2022, and is based in Hong Kong SAR.

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