Louise Pentland joined Nokia in May 1998 and was appointed Chief Legal Officer (CLO) and Senior Vice President for Legal and Intellectual Property (LIP) in July 2008, having been acting CLO from September 2007.
Under Louise's leadership, from July 2009, the previously separate Legal and Intellectual Property Rights organizations were integrated into one function, built on collaboarative principles, enabling more innovative and effective ways of working for Legal and IP activities in Nokia.
As CLO, Louise has responsibility both for legal governance as well as the company's Intellectual Property activities. The role of Nokia LIP is paramount to achieving success for Nokia through its work on a wide range of current and future business needs, including proactive risk management, innovative legal and IP solutions and influencing the global legal and IP environment.
Louise has more than ten years experience in a wide range of demanding and cutting edge business situations in Nokia. Her first six years in the company were in legal support for Nokia Networks. In 2001, she moved to the United States to support US network operators' adoption of GSM and UMTS. Louise spent four years as VP and Head of Legal for Enterprise Solutions and prior to her current role was head of legal for North America and global head of IPR legal.
Prior to Nokia, Louise held company in-house positions following several years in corporate private practice. Louise is a member of many legal forums, including the Association of General Counsels, CLO Roundtable, and Global Leaders in Law and recently became Vice Chair at the IBA CCF. Louise is an active supporter of diversity in law, and shares a strong passion in the legal and IP arena for emerging and blossoming markets, as well as pro-bono initiatives.
Louise graduated with an LL.B (hons) in law and is qualified and active Solicitor in England and Wales. Louise is also a US Attorney, being a licensed and active member of the New York Bar.