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Rouse shakes up senior management team

Plans to enter 'a new phase’ of global growth 

23 April 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

International IP law firm Rouse has restructured its senior management team as part of its plans to enter a “new phase of international growth and development”.

The firm has appointed a new chief executive and deputy chief executive and created the new position of chair, effective from 1 May 2013.

Luke Minford will take over from Rupert Ross-Macdonald as global CEO. Minford, currently the firm’s UK country manager, was previously the head of its China practice.

Nick Redfearn, currently head of the firm’s Indonesia office, will replace deputy chief executive Stuart Adams. The latter will be leading the firm’s expansion into Russia.

The new position of chair will be given to Ross-Macdonald, who has served for 13 years as CEO and played a formative role in developing the firm’s nascent operations in China, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Said Ross-Macdonald: “It’s now the right time for me to step back from the day-to-day operation of the firm and allow my colleagues’ passion and experience to guide Rouse.”

“We benefited enormously by being pioneers in Asia,” noted Minford. “However, the landscape is changing rapidly and our challenge now is to ensure that Rouse continues to be at the forefront of that change.

“Over the next six months, we intend to consult intensively with our clients and staff across the world, developing vision and strategy for the next stage of Rouse’s development.”

As chair, Ross-Macdonald will focus primarily on the firm’s client service delivery and provide “strategic counsel and guidance” to the senior management team.



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