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Doug Hebenthal has been named Axiom's chief technology officer, effective October 2, 2017. Based in Seattle, Hebenthal will play a key role in expanding Axiom's industry-leading technology vision, artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities and contract automation tools and will also focus on building new technology-driven legal solutions that solve customers' most pressing legal needs.
Hebenthal will oversee the creation of an industry-pioneering R&D center to be based in the greater Seattle area and slated to open in early 2018. In leading the center, Hebenthal will build an agile team of engineers and data scientists, furthering Axiom's technology vision and providing its clients with access to the most advanced solutions in the legal industry.
"Doug is an innovator. He's worked on disruptive technologies from the beginning of his career and values leadership as much as he values architecture and code," said Elena Donio, CEO of Axiom. "Doug's deep, global technology expertise, in addition to his wealth of experience in product development, product marketing, data science, and passion for the client, make him uniquely equipped to accelerate Axiom’s mission to modernize the legal industry. His talents and leadership will be instrumental to our continued growth at the forefront of innovative legal technology services."
"I have spent my career working on, and leading, technology innovations that have led to sea changes in our lives. I believe Axiom has a similar opportunity and I’m thrilled to join the team," said Hebenthal. "Axiom has demonstrated remarkable success in challenging the status quo and forging a new frontier in the legal industry and I look forward to helping bring their technology vision of the future of law to life. As a 25-year veteran of Seattle’s technology community, I am excited to lead the development of Axiom’s new R&D center in the Seattle area to help drive this vision. In recent years, the Seattle area has emerged as an epicenter for some of the world's best tech-talent and is now an international hub of technological innovation, making it a natural home for our efforts."
A 30-year veteran of the technology industry, Hebenthal most recently served as Chief Network Engineering Officer at Change Healthcare, a top healthcare analytics and software provider. Prior to his work driving cloud adoption at Change, he served as Director of Engineering for Amazon’s e-commerce payments platform. Hebenthal spent more than 20 years at Microsoft, where he worked on the early-stages of development of networking and the Internet. He then went on to serve as a founding member of the team that developed the Xbox.
Axiom, a recognized leader in the business of law, provides tech-enabled legal, contracts, and compliance solutions for large enterprises. Axiom’s solutions combine legal experience, technology, and data analytics to deliver work in a way that dramatically reduces risk, cost and cycle-time. The firm comprises 2,000-plus lawyers, professionals, process engineers and technologists who serve over half the Fortune 100 across 15 regions and 3 centers of excellence globally.