Clifford Chance has appointed Grant Eldred as chief people officer and Chinwe Odimba-Chapman as global partner for talent.
The news follows the announcement of the impending retirement of Laura King, currently global head of people and talent, with the law firm creating two new positions to replace her.
Eldred who is currently global head of HR transformation at Goldman Sachs will join Clifford Chance in April. In his new role, he will “drive the development and implementation of an ambitious people strategy for the firm as well as heading the global HR function”. He will also sit on the firm’s global executive operations group.
Chapman who has been with Clifford Chance for nearly 20 years, will join the firm’s executive leadership group, where she will “bring extensive expertise as a highly regarded employment partner, and experience as a change agent for inclusion”.
In their new roles, the pair will work closely with Tiernan Brady, global head of inclusion, to “deliver against the firm’s determined and progressive global people and inclusion agendas”.
Matthew Layton, global managing partner at Clifford Chance said: “As we look to the future and continue to invest in our most important asset, our people, we have put in place new leadership that will enable us to deliver on our ambitious people, talent and inclusion strategies today and into the years to come.
“I’m delighted to see Grant join the firm in this critical leadership role. Our global People strategy includes significant industry-leading commitments and, following his hugely successful tenure at Goldman Sachs and deep HR leadership experience, we look forward to Grant helping us to set new standards for excellence in our sector.”
He added: “I’m also delighted to welcome Chinwe onto the ELG as global partner for talent. Chinwe is fantastically well placed to add value in this role, and will bring the challenge and fresh perspectives that will enrich our strategic decision-making.”