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At a time of rapid change in the industry, lawyers’ roles are becoming increasingly innovative. We talk to Saswata Mukherjee, Global Legal Operations Director at Unilever, about the value an operations function can bring to the efficient and smooth running of a legal team.
I started with Unilever 14 years ago and have since done multiple roles within the legal function. I first joined Unilever in India in legal business partnering roles across the country for sales and supply chain or factory-related issues. I then moved to Singapore for a supply chain transformation project involving countries in the Asia.
In Singapore, I moved to a corporate legal role and took over responsibility for championing competition law in Asia. When the general counsel for that region left, I briefly covered that position until the opportunity for Global Legal Operations Director in UK came up. It was a newly created role and so was a move out of the comfort zone of being a lawyer.
When Ritva Sotamaa, our Chief Legal Officer (CLO) joined Unilever little over three years ago, she came with a vision of making the legal team 'world class' in everything we do. This not only meant lifting talent profile across the
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