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David McVeigh Joins Axiom as CEO

07 July 2020

  • Accomplished Executive and Former Gartner EVP to Lead Company's Next Phase of Growth
  • Elena Donio to Remain with Axiom as Member of Board

Axiom, the global leader in high-caliber, on-demand legal talent, today announced that David McVeigh has joined the company as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. Mr. McVeigh will help drive the next phase of the company’s growth, as Axiom continues to lead the transformation of the legal industry. He succeeds Elena Donio, who will remain with the company as a member of its Board of Directors.

Mr. McVeigh joins Axiom with a customer-centric perspective and a proven track record of driving profitable revenue growth across a wide variety of industries, with notable experience in technology and tech-enabled products. Most recently, he served as Gartner, Inc.’s Executive Vice President, Global Business Sales, and as a member of its operating committee. There, he led a global sales organization responsible for $650M in revenue of subscription-based research and advisory services. Prior to Gartner, Mr. McVeigh was a Managing Director at Hellman & Friedman, an Operating Partner at The Blackstone Group, and a Partner at McKinsey & Company.

“I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to lead Axiom into its next chapter of growth,” said Mr. McVeigh. “Axiom is a true innovator in the industry – providing clients with a third choice beyond sending work to law firms or adding more full-time employees to their in-house department. The choice to leverage high-quality, on-demand legal talent enables agility and efficiency, and improves legal outcomes while mitigating costs. And it’s more relevant now than ever before, given today’s rising legal demands, emerging risks, and tightened legal budgets.”

Continued Mr. McVeigh, “Axiom works with over 1,300 clients, including half of the Fortune 100. My goal is to enhance Axiom’s value proposition to all potential customers, so that we can make those numbers bigger, those relationships deeper, and industry transformation more ubiquitous. As part of that goal, we will expand our industry-leading platform of over 2,400 experienced lawyers – particularly in those practice areas where there are immediate and ongoing talent needs, like labor and employment, real estate, bankruptcy and restructuring, and general commercial work. We will also continue to support the investments in our products and innovative technology. These investments will enable us to more effectively and efficiently match high-quality lawyers to client needs, and accelerate our growth in the future.”

Mr. McVeigh inherits the CEO role from Ms. Donio, who guided Axiom through a period of substantive change, technology investment, and accelerated growth. During her tenure, Ms. Donio oversaw significant growth of the core business, and navigated the company through its ambitious organizational restructuring and capital investment from the Permira Funds.

“Axiom is ready to take the industry by storm,” said Ms. Donio. “We’re now well-positioned to crack into new types of legal work, add breadth and depth to our network of legal talent, and see the potential unearthed by our investment in technology. David’s operational wisdom, strategic vision, and customer-centricity make him the right person to lead the way.”

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