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As Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, he leads Womble Carlyle’s sales and marketing operations.
* Mr. Bell is not licensed to practice law. His activities are directly supervised by members of the firm licensed to practice law.
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
A pioneer of professional services sales with more than 25 years of experience in the field, Steve Bell was the co-founder of the Sales Department at Price Waterhouse, the founder of Sales at Grant Thornton, and the legal profession’s first director of sales. In his current role as Womble Carlyle’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Steve is responsible for engaging and serving clients ranging from entrepreneurial companies to major multinationals, principally in manufacturing and distribution, telecommunications, technology, hospitality and financial services. Among his innovations are professional services sales processes, the use of CRM in professional services, sales compensation systems and national sales contests. He was an early advocate of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Value Challenge and is an ombudsman for inside counsel and strong supporter of the ACC, its chapters and committees. Steve is a regular contributor to legal publications and blogs and a frequent speaker at inside-counsel and outside-counsel forums, including ACC, DRI and the Legal Marketing Association.
In addition to his work at Womble Carlyle, Steve currently serves as Regional Vice Chair of Marketing – Americas for Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. Steve is a strong advocate of the use of digital media, particularly social media, in legal client development and is the recipient of the coveted Gold Quill from the International Association of Business Communicators.
Steve has been a strong advocate for the use of digital media, particularly social media, in legal client development. Follow him on Twitter at @SteveMBell and at his New Legal Normal blog.
Regional Vice Chairman of Marketing – Americas, Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, Executive Committee, New York Chapter, Association of Accounting Marketing Executives; Executive Committee, Indiana Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists; Committee Service, International Association of Business Communicators; founding member, Lex Mundi Sales Partner Forum; founding member, Legal Sales & Service Organization.
Partner-in-Charge of Sales & Marketing, Tax Services, Grant Thornton, LLP, New York, NY and Washington, D.C., 1994-2001; Associate Director of Tax Sales & Marketing; Price Waterhouse, LLP, New York, NY, 1989-1994; Senior Account Manager, Performance Communications Incorporated, New York, NY, 1986-1989; numerous journalism management positions, 1978-1989.