United Arab Emirates: UAE Firm Habib Al Mulla Appoints Clifford Chance Global CPO/Italy COO As New CEO
Last Updated: 19 September 2011

In line with strategic growth and business improvement, Habib Al Mulla & Company has appointed Clifford Chance, Global Head of Procurement and Italy COO, Rob Morris, as their new CEO, based in Dubai.

The two office firm is making a push for expansion within the UAE and is focused on establishing a unique position in the local market. The appointment of Rob Morris makes a strong statement with regards to the firm’s dedication to innovation and industry best practice. Rob has a proven track record in driving and delivering change through innovation. Having worked at Clifford Chance for over eight years, Rob managed some of the firm’s most complex programs, including the relocation of their London headquarters and managing the implementation of their ERP system across 30 offices in 15 countries. As Head of Global Procurement since 2006, Rob managed a global spend of GBP380 million and was also appointed COO of Italy in 2008, managing the firms revenue/P&L, business operations and strategy. Having performed both COO and CPO roles, Rob brings a unique understanding of business needs and law firm strategy to Habib Al Mulla.

Dr Habib Al Mulla, Founder and Executive Chairman of the firm, commented:
"We are very pleased to welcome Rob to the firm. He has highly relevant experience in many of the areas that we wish to improve and his appointment is a major step towards bringing the firm to the forefront of our market in line with our vision to a unique level of services in this region".

Habib Al Mulla & Company are the first UAE law firm to create and fill the position of CEO in the UAE, a unique move away from the managerial and operational structure of the traditional law firm model which will differentiate the firm in the market and drive their future ambitions in line with Dr Habib’s vision and a more commercial, client centric approach to legal services.

Commenting on his appointment, Rob Morris said:
"I'm very happy to be joining one of the UAE's leading firms. This is an exciting time for the firm and for me personally and I am pleased to be a part of driving this transformation".

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