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Amarchand Delhi re-fills COO role after 4 years with Mayer Brown Asia COO

Milford
Milford

Former Mayer Brown JSM Asia chief operating officer (COO), Jennifer Milford, has joined Amarchand Mangaldas in Delhi today as its first COO in four years.

Milford was director of business development and marketing at regional firm Johnson Stokes & Master in Hong Kong from 2002 until it merged with Mayer Brown, where she worked as COO Asia until October 2012.

For around eight years before that she worked as an executive coach in Sydney and Brisbane, following 12 years in a sales role in Sydney.

An Amarchand Delhi spokesperson confirmed Milford’s joining but said that neither the firm nor Milford would be commenting further.

Amarchand Delhi had been without a COO since 2009, when long-time COO and chief financial officer (CFO) Bithika Anand had resigned.

Amarchand Mumbai had created the role of COO in November 2009 with the hire of Valerie Bowles, who was previously COO and chief executive officer (CEO) at UK regional firm Langleys after similar roles at a number of UK firms and Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

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Like+2 Object-0 Raj Rajratnam Protege 8 years ago
Quoting anon 2:
Dont confuse bombay and delhi. Bombay kids got work done by associates!
In Delhi-speak, same difference. Just the work differs.
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Like+8 Object-0 Raj Rajratnam Protege 8 years ago  interesting
@nasty! - I think Dazed and Confused just misunderstood your post, and didn't get the sarcasm dripping from it. I think your post is a wonderful example of how one can use a person's weakness and make a biting remark about it. For example, it's so obvious when you talk about the growing strength and unity of the 5 family members, you're taking acknowledging the rumours of how little one particular family member cares about certain others, and has actively (and ocassionally, vociferously) sought to undermine them. I also liked how you quietly added the "in Delhi" point, just to underscore the divide between Delhi and Mumbai wings of the family. Well done!

Then there is the sly "from what I hear" when talking about the 3 kids burning the midnight oil, since no one has actually seen this but have heard endlessly about late nights from the 3 concerned. I must admit, you do have a point that it's easier to believe their tales of workaholism when it's in office once in a while, and not from an undisclosed location.

I must admit I am a bit confused though. Did you mean to use "from what I hear" for their lack of interest in management? I suppose so, since it's a delicious use of irony. Clearly, given the public slanging over management positions that took place some time back, the management interest is anything but lacking! At the same time, the reference to "thought leaders" is genius! I wish I could be half as sarcastic as you. What better way to underscore the next generation's all-talk-no-substance approach to thought leadership (unless it comes to firm parties, retreats or reorganisations)!

Likewise on the last line of your post. I can't stop thinking about how great it was to use "It" when describing a person, because you've neatly critiqued the commoditised, "everyone's replaceable" philosophy the firm demonstrates. Indeed, you should have a column on LI (or not)!

@Dazed and Confused - Now now...let's learn from nasty! and be more civil in our criticism. S/he (or in nasty!'s parlance, It) has shown us how to damn with faint praise! Hurrah!
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Like+0 Object-1 Old NALSAR Boy 8 years ago
Just checked with a friend in AMSS-D who DOES burn gallons of the midnight stuff and absolutely hates (like half the work-force) his employers. He claims that despite everything, the elder child and her spouse put in long hours fairly regularly. The younger child, not so much, but according to said friend, the team she works with has fairly benign work hours anyway. When said entire team is working late, so does said child.

Quoting Raj Rajratnam Protege:
@nasty! - I think Dazed and Confused just misunderstood your post, and didn't get the sarcasm dripping from it. I think your post is a wonderful example of how one can use a person's weakness and make a biting remark about it. For example, it's so obvious when you talk about the growing strength and unity of the 5 family members, you're taking acknowledging the rumours of how little one particular family member cares about certain others, and has actively (and ocassionally, vociferously) sought to undermine them. I also liked how you quietly added the "in Delhi" point, just to underscore the divide between Delhi and Mumbai wings of the family. Well done!
Then there is the sly "from what I hear" when talking about the 3 kids burning the midnight oil, since no one has actually seen this but have heard endlessly about late nights from the 3 concerned. I must admit, you do have a point that it's easier to believe their tales of workaholism when it's in office once in a while, and not from an undisclosed location. I must admit I am a bit confused though. Did you mean to use "from what I hear" for their lack of interest in management? I suppose so, since it's a delicious use of irony. Clearly, given the public slanging over management positions that took place some time back, the management interest is anything but lacking! At the same time, the reference to "thought leaders" is genius! I wish I could be half as sarcastic as you. What better way to underscore the next generation's all-talk-no-substance approach to thought leadership (unless it comes to firm parties, retreats or reorganisations)! Likewise on the last line of your post. I can't stop thinking about how great it was to use "It" when describing a person, because you've neatly critiqued the commoditised, "everyone's replaceable" philosophy the firm demonstrates. Indeed, you should have a column on LI (or not)!@Dazed and Confused - Now now...let's learn from nasty! and be more civil in our criticism. S/he (or in nasty!'s parlance, It) has shown us how to damn with faint praise! Hurrah!
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Like+0 Object-0 abc 8 years ago
Hey LI pls get a comment from Lalit Bhasin
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Like+0 Object-0 Dazed and Confused 8 years ago
Even Lalit-ji will see this for what it is - a sales position. I don't think there's any objection to that.

It doesn't take much, however, for him to go all Tourettes over foreign lawyers....
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Like+1 Object-7 Anon 8 years ago
Well done to Amachand, I've worked with Ms Milford and she is great. an insightful leader and a good strategist!
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Like+2 Object-4 anonon 8 years ago
sour grapes !! people cant handle amss's expansion plans - therefore, below the belt pot shots
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Like+3 Object-0 Dazed and Confused 8 years ago
Quoting anonon:
sour grapes !! people cant handle amss's expansion plans - therefore, below the belt pot shots
It is impossible to make a below-the-belt-pot shot at AMSS.
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Like+7 Object-0 Trapeze 8 years ago  interesting
Registering the obligatory anti-Trilegal comment on a non-Trilegal thread, just for the record.
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Like+1 Object-1 Raj Rajratnam Protege 8 years ago
How can we not rail against Luthra or AZB then, Trapeze? Please consider this a "my firm's bigger than your firm" shot on behalf of my fellow non-AM trolls commenters.
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Like+3 Object-2 Robot 8 years ago
Quoting nasty!:
Some people obviously threatened by the growing strength and unity of the 5 family members in Delhi. Together they pack quite a punch! From what I hear all 3 kids burn the midnight oil on a regular basis and have no interest in management but in being thought leaders... Kudos to them!
Oh and please don't make this a family camp v non family campt bashing page. Discuss the new COO. Its a great addition to t he indian legal mkt.
Excellent comment! Even if it is from Amarchand PR.
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Like+0 Object-0 Raj Rajratnam Protege 8 years ago
Robot, it's no longer Amarchand PR - it's called AMbot, and it will kick your (and my) ass.
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Like+1 Object-0 KCO Needs One Too 8 years ago
AMSS has sought for expert assistance to help them organize internally. I thnk its time KCO Mumbai does the same. The COO's presence in the firm almost goes unnoticed and it seems that all the shots are being called there by a whimsical HR team that does not want to keep its distance from the lawyers (like they do in AMSS Mumbai) and keep poking their fat noses every now and then.
Nepotism reeks from their evaluation as well as all other actions and no action is taken against them by the top management of the firm despite the firm wide discontent.
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Like+1 Object-0 Needs one badly !!! 8 years ago
No doubt about all what you say. The less said the better.
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Like+1 Object-0 Tim Tim 8 years ago
Why separate coo for delhi ? Dint they say in 2011 that they would have one coo nationally ? What a waste of firm money .
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Like+0 Object-0 nanny 8 years ago
COOs in most mid-sized companies (ie about the size of a large law firm) in the Indian scene play with just-about-grown-up children of promoters are hired often for managing the critical succession transfer role. Their role is to ensure the next generation steps up seamlessly. They work quietly and solely on that-which may explain a hire with no social/gossip networks in India. Bithika as past COO may hahave found it difficult to accept tthis new nuance to her role as it was during her time tthat the kids grew from college/foreign stints to back in parents' business.
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