Murgitroyd IP, the international intellectual property protection business headquartered in Glasgow, has made two senior appointments to its leadership team.
Helen Archibald has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and Joanne Lecky is to be the Managing Director of the company’s Trade Mark Group. They will both report directly to Murgitroyd’s Chief Executive Officer, Gordon Stark. These appointments further strengthen the senior leadership team at Murgitroyd IP, which has successfully driven continued growth in the last 12 months, despite the impact of Covid-19.
These are important appointments in the company’s ongoing growth and Gordon Stark, CEO, said:
“Innovation has never been more important to companies and this demand is providing us with opportunities to support our clients as they look to use that innovation to create a competitive advantage and enhance company value. As one of the world’s largest patent and trade mark attorney firms, Murgitroyd IP has ambitions to grow further and having the right senior team in place to support that growth is vital.
“We are thrilled to attract someone of Helen’s calibre to Murgitroyd. Helen will lead business operations across our international office network and her experience in legal professional services will enhance our ability to focus on strategic delivery, operational efficiency and the use of technology to support our growth ambitions. Helen’s background in HR will also be important in supporting and developing the talent within the company, as our people are at the heart of our business.
“Joanne Lecky is a skilled trade mark attorney, trusted by her clients to support their brands. She has also demonstrated the drive and leadership skills to ensure that our trade mark group remains a leader in its field and responds to the changing needs of brand owners as they embrace an increasingly digital world. Joanne’s appointment reflects the importance which we place within Murgitroyd on providing tangible opportunities for career development, as the company grows.”
Helen Archibald joins Murgitroyd IP from Thorntons Law, the legal services firm, where she had been Chief Operating Officer since 2016. Prior to that she was Assistant Principal at Dundee & Angus College where she had responsibility for HR and organisational development strategy and operations.
Helen is married with two sons, likes to run to keep fit and is very interested in music.
Joanne Lecky has been Interim Managing Director, Trade Marks, prior to being confirmed in the role. She joined Murgitroyd in 2002 from a US technology company where she was an intellectual property advisor. A qualified trade mark attorney in both the UK and Ireland, Joanne is experienced in representing clients in oppositions, revocations and invalidity actions in the fashion, retail, food & drink, FMCG, media and entertainment sectors.
A graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, Joanne is based in the city. She is married with two sons, is fluent in French – which is useful as her husband is French – and has interests in fashion, wine, travelling and pillates.