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Hogan Lovells votes on next CEO

Global co-head of litigation Steve Immelt identified for the role

11 December 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Partners at global law firm Hogan Lovells are voting on the appointment of Steve Immelt as their next CEO.

The global co-head of litigation would be supported by London finance partner David Hudd as deputy CEO.

If elected, Immelt will take over from current co-CEOs Warren Gorrell and David Harris on 1 July 2014 and serve for four years.

"Our partners were clear that now is the right time to move to a single CEO,” Nicholas Cheffings, the firm’s chair said. “Steve is the obvious and clear choice.” 

“He is a clear and strategic thinker with a wide knowledge of the firm. His approach to leadership is based on teamwork and inclusion. He is committed to the firm’s focus on client service and on good citizenship. 

“He was a key part of the management team involved in the creation of Hogan Lovells and has a very good sense of what it takes to manage a law firm of this size and scope. The board was unanimous in recommending him to the partnership for the role.”

Immelt is currently a member of the firm’s international management committee and global co-head of its litigation, arbitration and employment practice with London partner Michael Davison.

If elected deputy CEO, Hudd will assist the CEO in implementing his ambitions and strategy for the firm. Hudd's primary responsibilities will include overseeing the firm's finances and its operational and business support functions, and working with the respective practice heads to further develop the firm's corporate and finance practices.

Gorrell and Harris were the key architects in the creation of Hogan Lovells on 1 May 2010 through the combination of the mainly U.S.-based Hogan & Hartson and mainly Europe-based Lovells. 

The firm said the co-CEOs have concluded that now is the right time for a new management team to take the reins. Harris will be retiring from the firm while Gorrell will continue at the firm, focusing on clients.

Hogan Lovells recorded revenues of US$1.6bn (£1.03bn) in the past financial year and has approximately 800 partners and 1,700 other qualified lawyers operating in 25 countries and 45 offices around the world.

Across the regions, the Americas represent approximately 45 per cent of total billings, while London and Continental Europe provide 48 per cent, and Asia and Middle East contribute seven per cent.

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