December 8, 2011 – Search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa has placed Sarah L. Olson as chief diversity officer of Sidley Austin LLP. The search was led by Melanie Bennet, global practice leader of MLA’s law firm management practice. “Sally is a recognized leader with more than 10 years experience in developing diversity initiatives and is joining a firm committed to advancing diversity in the legal profession,” said Ms. Bennet. “She will be a great asset in Sidley’s continuing mission to create a diverse and inclusive work environment.” Ms. Olson joins Sidley following a distinguished career at Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon, LLP where she was a long-time partner and served as professional development & diversity director. Sidley Austin is one of the world's premier full-service law firms, with more than 1600 lawyers practicing in 17 U.S. and international cities. With offices throughout the U.S., London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, Major, Lindsey & Africa is an executive search firm focused on the legal sector.