Lou Pagnutti joins DLA Piper Board as non-executive Director

DLA Piper has appointed Lou Pagnutti as a Non-Executive Director to the Board of DLA Piper International.

Lou previously spent 39 years with EY, with roles spanning its global business. After becoming a partner in 1991, he became Chairman & CEO of the Canadian firm in 2004 before becoming the inaugural Managing Partner of Asia Pacific in 2010, bringing together 22 countries for the first time. In 2013, Lou relocated to London to become Global Managing Partner – Business Enablement, one of the top three positions in the firm globally. Here he sat on the Global Executive and reported to then CEO Mark Weinberger and his successor Carmie DiSibio.

Having retired from EY earlier in 2020, in November Lou joined the Board of BCE and Bell Canada, the country’s largest telecommunications company. He has also sat on the boards of a number of charitable entities, including the Sunnybrook Foundation and Pathways to Education.

As part of his role, Lou will Chair DLA Piper International’s Risk Committee and serve as a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees, as well as being a member of the firm’s Global Board.

Lou joins Ana García Fau who was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of DLA Piper International’s Board in May 2017. Ana has broad experience serving as a non-executive on corporate boards across a range of public & private companies in a variety of industries across Spain, France, Portugal and UK, such as Merlin Properties, Gestamp Automoción, Eutelsat Communications Euskaltel and Finerge. Ana also holds a number of other advisory positions.

Andrew Darwin, Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper International, commenting on the appointments said: “Lou has built up extensive experience in his time at EY and has proven that he has a strong strategic mindset, particularly when it comes to international expansion, client service and service line development. Combined with Ana, who has considerable experience gained from international executive roles covering strategic, financial, M&A and operating areas, they will provide invaluable contributions to governing our ambitious strategy.”