AlixPartners Lands Fannie Mae’s Lawyer For Top Legal Job

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  • Maritza Okata was a partner at Vinson & Elkins and O’Melveny & Myers
  • Okata spent two years at Fannie Mae

(Reuters) – New York-based consultancy AlixPartners said on Thursday it had appointed Fannie Mae’s deputy general counsel as lead counsel.

Maritza Okata, who will work from New York, will serve as the company’s chief legal officer and chief executive officer when she assumes the role on Friday, and will manage the company’s legal, compliance and risk functions, AlixPartners said.

Okata, who spent two years at Washington DC-based Fannie Mae, said she was looking forward to returning to her management consulting roots.

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Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Okata spent nearly 10 years as a partner at Vinson & Elkins and worked as a partner at O’Melveny & Myers before that, according to his LinkedIn page.

Before entering the legal industry, she was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, AlixPartners said.

Simon Freakley, CEO of the company, said in a statement that the role of general counsel has become increasingly versatile.

Okata will succeed Kathy Koorenny, who joined the company in 2015. Koorenny spent nearly 20 years as an associate general counsel at American Airlines, according to her LinkedIn profile.

AlixPartners customers include Macy’s. One of the company’s chief executives, Becky Roof, recently became interim chief financial officer of electric vehicle company Faraday Future Intelligent Electric Inc.

Fannie Mae did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Okata’s departure.

(The previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Becky Roof had left AlixPartners. Roof remains an employee of AlixPartners, even though she works at Faraday Future).

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Chinekwu Osakwe

Chinekwu Osakwe covers legal industry news with a focus on mid-sized law firms. Contact her at [email protected]

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