Howard brings more than 20 years of success, building and strengthening professional service organizations. He joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he was responsible for supporting the firm’s global private equity practice. Prior to Debevoise, Howard was the chief operating officer for Baker McKenzie’s Washington, D.C. office, and a managing director of London-based Berwin Leighton Paisner, now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. While there, he led an innovative compliance-based business involving Deloitte, and he guided a merger that resulted in the creation of one of the United Kingdom’s largest law firms. Howard earned two bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and holds an MBA from Cambridge University.