Advent International, a global private equity investor, has added Amanda McGrady Morrison as managing director. She will assume the roles of general counsel and chief legal officer at the end of the year, and will succeed James Westra, who has served in the positions since 2011.

Morrison has more than two decades of experience as a private equity, corporate and mergers and acquisitions lawyer. She joins Advent from Ropes & Gray LLP, where she most recently worked as head of the global private equity transactions group. Morrison’s leadership experience includes serving as co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s women’s forum and as a member of the firm’s diversity committee.

“Amanda is a talented lawyer and leader who has been a trusted advisor to our firm for many years,” says David Mussafer, chairman and managing partner at Advent. “Her guidance, expertise and experience will be invaluable to Advent’s continued growth and innovation. We are delighted to welcome her to Advent and have her build seamlessly on Jim’s tremendous legacy.”

“I’m thrilled to join Advent and support its mission of building great businesses,” comments Morrison. “From my work alongside Jim and the Advent leadership team, I have seen firsthand how they lead with vision, passion and collegiality in all they do. I look forward to contributing to the firm’s continued success.”