In what appears to be an unprecedented move for an Am Law 100 firm, Reed Smith is forming an outside advisory board composed of three business executives to guide the international firm on strategy.

The group, called the Independent Strategic Advisory Board, is composed of former EY global vice chair Beth Brooke, venture capital investor Shuo Chen and longtime corporate strategic adviser Elissa Grey. The three will report directly to Reed Smith global managing partner Sandy Thomas and work closely with the rest of the firm’s senior management.

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