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Sorainen Appoints Non-Lawyer as First COO

Sorainen Appoints Non-Lawyer as First COO

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Leda Irzikeviciene has become the first ever Chief Operating Officer at Sorainen, taking overall charge of firm management with Managing Partner Laimonas Skibarka.

Sorainen Senior Partner Aku Sorainen said, “this structure of a Managing Partner and COO acting as a duo will support the further development and growth of our firm. We were delighted to welcome Leda to our management team and her background in pan-Baltic service organizations is an excellent fit for our firm.”  

Irzikeviciene, who joins Sorainen from Nordea Baltics, is based in the firm’s Lithuanian office. In addition to taking responsibility for firm-wide business services and regional integration, she is also a member of the Sorainen board. Skibarka has been acting as the firm’s Co-Managing Partner since 2015. He was also Lithuania Managing Partner from 2013-2016.

“It is still rare among law firms to appoint non-lawyers to top management positions,” Skibarka said, “Sorainen is the first among Baltic and Belarusian law firms to create a COO position. I am very happy to share the firm’s management responsibilities with a strong female leader."

Irzikeviciene, who has over 17 years of professional experience working in the financial industry in senior management positions, spent the four years before joining Sorainen as a member of the Nordea Baltics Management team, where she was responsible for finance and strategy as well as business planning for the Baltics. She studied at the London School of Economics, Business school INSEAD, Baltic Management Institute, and the Vilnius University.

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