Ashurst today announces that David Staiano has been appointed as global director of business development and marketing, based in London.

David has over 20 years’ experience in the professional services sector, focusing on global business strategy, business development and operations. He has previously worked as director of marketing and business development at Simmons & Simmons, where he sat on the Board. David’s earlier roles include global head of business development at Mayer Brown and head of client programmes at Deloitte.

Managing partner of Ashurst, Paul Jenkins, said: ’David has an impressive track record of developing and executing international business development and marketing strategies, functions and processes. His proven experience of winning business, driving revenue and providing overall leadership and strategy for BD functions will play a critical role in the future success of the firm.’

David Staiano added: ’Increased competition and the continued drive for innovation and efficiency in legal service delivery have fundamentally changed the landscape within which we operate. The role that a high performance business development team can play in terms of winning and retaining business is, therefore, even more critical. I’m very much looking forward to joining Ashurst and working with the executive team, partners and BD to deliver on the firm’s strategy.’

David will sit on the executive team which comprises managing partner Paul Jenkins, partners Simon Bromwich, Robert Ogilvy Watson, Geoff Gishubl, Helen Burton, Jamie Ng and Logan Mair and chief finance and operations director, Jan Gooze Zijl, and chief people officer, Caroline Rawes.