Royal Bank of Canada on Friday announced that it has revamped its leadership team, which includes the promotion of Maria Douvas to chief legal officer. Douvas most recently served as the bank’s general counsel and executive vice-president.

Since joining RBC in 2016, Douvas has served in a number of senior roles, including global head of litigation and employment law and as U.S. general counsel. Prior to joining RBC, Douvas was a partner at Paul Hastings, and a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She also previously practiced at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, as an associate, and Hughes Hubbard & Reed before that.

“I am honored to join RBC’s Group Executive team and continue leading our Law Group as chief legal officer. My appointment speaks to the valued advice and insights my global team consistently delivers for our business and functional partners across the bank,” Douvas told Corporate Counsel.

She added that since joining the bank in 2016, and particularly through the ongoing pandemic, she has continually seen the positive and meaningful difference RBC makes in the lives of the clients and communities that they serve. “As I move into this next chapter of my career, I’m excited at the role I can play in helping RBC deliver on our strong Purpose and collective mission to help create a more inclusive, fair, and sustainable future for all,” she said.