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Q&A: JWS Lawyers CIO, Ross Forgione

Hamish Barwick | March 26, 2013
Since joining Adelaide law firm Johnson Winter & Slattery (JWS) in 2011 as CIO, Ross Forgione has introduced technology designed to help the firm’s practitioners.

How important is it for you to have a good relationship with the CFO?

I work very closely with the chief operating officer and the general manager of finance, who is effectively our CFO, sits near me. Because we are in close proximity, we talk on a regular basis. I see that as critical because in this organisation the COO is the conduit to the management committee. It's through him that we build relationships and we can talk to individual partners on the board.

What is your favourite gadget?

I'd have to default to the iPhone simply because of its flexibility and what you can achieve with it. The phone also allows me to strike a good work/life balance so after 7PM at night I won't check my emails until the next morning. If the phone rings, that's a different story, I respond straight away.


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