Davis Polk Names Donna Rosenwasser Executive Director

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Davis Polk & Wardwell today announced the appointment of Donna Rosenwasser as the firm's Executive Director. Ms. Rosenwasser succeeds Robert A. Hendel, who is retiring after 26 years at the firm. The move is effective on January 1, 2008.

Having worked closely with her for more than five years now, it is clear that Donna is the ideal candidate to succeed Bob Hendel and continue the efficient and forward-thinking management of our global operations.

    As Executive Director, Ms. Rosenwasser will have responsibility for all office operations, supporting approximately 700 lawyers, 200 legal assistants and 760 staff members in the firm's 10 offices worldwide. She will work closely with the firm's Management Committee and various other partner committees on policy formulation in the areas of personnel and firm management. Among the staff departments that Ms. Rosenwasser will lead are Finance, Recruiting, Associate Development, Litigation Services, Information Systems, Professional Services and Business Development.

Since joining Davis Polk in 2002, Ms. Rosenwasser has served as Associate Executive Director. She was responsible for a number of the firm's non-legal departments, and oversaw a wide range of projects and internal initiatives relating to such areas as finance, benefits, litigation support, office openings and expansion, expatriate issues, taxation and client service.

Prior to joining Davis Polk, Ms. Rosenwasser was a partner and the Director of Finance at McKinsey & Company where she spent 14 years and also served as Tax Counsel. Ms. Rosenwasser began her career as a tax associate with the law firm of Andrews & Kurth. She received a B.A. from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

"We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Donna's intelligence, management capabilities and broad experience lead the vital administrative functions of our firm worldwide," said John R. Ettinger, Managing Partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell. "Having worked closely with her for more than five years now, it is clear that Donna is the ideal candidate to succeed Bob Hendel and continue the efficient and forward-thinking management of our global operations."

"I'm thrilled about the opportunity to take on this new role. Bob Hendel is an exceptionally talented person, and I believe that working closely with him for five years has prepared me well for this new professional challenge," said Ms. Rosenwasser. "Davis Polk is one of the top professional organizations in the world, and I'm very proud to be part of it."

Mr. Hendel joined Davis Polk in 1981 as Manager of Information Systems. In this capacity, he supervised the implementation of a firmwide computer network, making Davis Polk among the first law firms in the world to install such a system. He was named the firm's first Executive Director in 1982, well before this was a common position at large law firms. As Executive Director, Mr. Hendel oversaw all of Davis Polk's administrative services and functions, enabling the firm to keep pace with rapid growth and geographic expansion, which during his tenure saw the firm triple its lawyer headcount and more than double the number of its offices worldwide. He also remained committed to keeping the firm at the forefront of innovation in information technology systems, both in their application to firm operations and client matters.

Mr. Ettinger added, "It would be impossible to overstate the contributions that Bob has made to the efficiency, growth and success of Davis Polk over the past three decades. On behalf of all of my partners and everyone at Davis Polk, I extend my deepest gratitude to Bob and wish him and his family much health and happiness in the future."

About Davis Polk & Wardwell. Davis Polk & Wardwell is a global law firm based in New York City. For nearly 160 years, its lawyers have advised industry-leading companies and global financial institutions on their most challenging legal and business matters. Davis Polk ranks among the world's preeminent law firms across the entire range of its practice, which spans such areas as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, credit, litigation, private equity, tax, investment management, insolvency and restructuring, executive compensation, intellectual property and real estate. The firm has approximately 700 lawyers in offices in New York, Menlo Park, CA, Washington, DC, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo.

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