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    Unexpected Ropes & Gray lifer will be law firm’s first female chair

    Julie Jones will be Ropes & Gray’s first woman chair.
    Chris Morris for The Boston Globe
    Julie Jones will be Ropes & Gray’s first woman chair.

    When Julie Jones joined Ropes & Gray full time as an attorney fresh out of Cornell Law School in 1994, she figured she would spend a few years there before leaving for a career in public policy work.

    So much for that idea. Within months, Jones realized she had found her place: She enjoyed the culture and camaraderie at Ropes & Gray. Jones switched her career goals and focused on becoming a partner there — something she achieved in 2003.

    Now, the Ropes & Gray “lifer” is making plans to be the law firm’s first woman chair, starting in 2020, after current chair Brad Malt retires.


    Both Malt and the law firm’s managing partner, David Chapin, are approaching 65, the law firm’s mandatory retirement age. They say they plan to name a successor for Chapin next year. Together with the chief operating officer, Terry Thompson, they form the team that runs the firm.

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    Jones jokes that she’s been with the firm — which has its roots in Boston but now has 11 offices, with nearly 1,300 lawyers — since “we were writing with chisels on walls.” She stuck with Ropes & Gray, in part, because of the close connections she has made with colleagues and clients.

    “I came and found . . . the sky is the limit, in terms of where the opportunities are,” Jones says.

    Jones rose through the ranks at Ropes & Gray to be one of its most prominent M&A lawyers. Her big achievements included work in 2005 on the $11.5 billion leveraged buyout of SunGard Data Systems by some of the private equity industry’s biggest players. Other deals of note that she helped lead: TPG Capital’s acquisition of J. Crew in 2010, and that private equity firm’s sale of IASIS Healthcare to Boston-based Steward Health Care this year.


    Diversity activists aim to double fund-raising take


    Beginning in the late 1960s, the community development organization Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción fought displacement amid gentrification in the South End. Now, half a century later, it hopes to focus on creating and sustaining diverse communities in Greater Boston.

    Its aim is to raise $250,000, almost double what the organization has raised in previous years, said Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, chief executive. “We’ve shown that having a community that is vibrant and diverse is possible,” she said.

    This month, IBA kicked off its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration with the the Boston Foundation at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, where the foundation pledged $25,000.

    The anniversary celebration will feature events and sponsorship opportunities.

    “We will be celebrating 50 years of great community work over the next year,” Calderón-Rosado said. “And we’re excited for the next 50.”



    Dunkin’ colleagues will be parting ways — again

    When Bill Mitchell arrived at Dunkin’ Brands in 2010, it marked a reunion, of sorts, with a former boss, Nigel Travis.

    Travis had run Papa John’s from 2005 to 2008, before becoming CEO at Canton-based Dunkin’ — and Mitchell worked under Travis during that time.

    But now the colleagues will be parting ways again.

    Mitchell, the international president at Dunkin’, will leave in mid-March. He will remain in his current position until that time, a company spokesman said.

    The company declined to say why Mitchell is leaving but issued a statement praising his work and his role in the company’s success, first as vice president of US operations and then leading the international business.

    Meanwhile, the international leadership team at Dunkin’ — John Varghese, George McAllan, Pete Jensen, Jeremy Biser, Mark Youngworth, and Jeremy Vitaro — will report directly to Travis.


    Media exec joins the hunt for office space in city

    Carin Warner is joining the ranks of suburban media executives who are hunting for Boston offices.

    The president of Warner Communications says she plans to open a Boston location sometime in 2018 to augment her firm’s main office in Manchester-by-the-Sea. It will be convenient for clients, particularly out-of-state ones, and great for recruiting. Warner’s former employer, the ad agency Mullen, picked up and moved entirely from the North Shore in 2009.

    But that’s not the biggest news at Warner’s 15-person firm. Warner just sold her business to Millwright Holdings LLC, a relatively new California company that’s looking to build a small empire of independently run public relations shops.

    As part of his plan to launch Millwright locally, CEO Michael Young approached Warner last year about buying her firm. The holding company also includes Actual Agency, a tech PR firm in San Francisco that Young founded in 2015.

    Warner will keep her position running her Boston-area agency and will take on a leadership role with Millwright. She started her eponymous PR firm in 1997.

    “When I hit the 20-year mark, I really wanted to think about our next move and how we stay competitive,” Warner says. “When I was approached by Millwright, I thought that might be the perfect way to do that. We would have the benefits of still being independent and yet have the resources of other independent agencies’ thinking.”


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