Tricia Hobson, the first woman to serve as global chair of Norton Rose Fulbright, said she will be promoting gender diversity and inclusion as she travels among the firm’s 58 offices in 32 countries over the next year.

At a time when the legal industry is facing calls to improve gender and ethnic diversity, Hobson said her appointment as global chair of one of the world’s largest firms is symbolic. The firm has set a goal to have 30 percent female partners by 2020, she said, and also seeks to have 30 percent of leadership positions held by women. Hobson said the firm has exceeded the goal of 30 percent female partners in Australia, but it has not yet reached that benchmark firmwide.

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