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SJ Berwin creates COO role for McKinsey FD

Rick Baumgartner expected to add ‘tremendous insight’  

4 July 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

SJ Berwin has created the role of chief operating officer for Rick Baumgartner, who joins the international law firm on 9 September 2013.

Baumgartner, who has been with McKinsey & Co for more than a decade, currently serves as director in its department of finance and administration.

A qualified accountant, Baumgartner worked at Touche Ross, Ernst & Young and the Australian Stock Exchange before joining the global management consultancy firm.

“I have been reviewing our support structure for some time and felt that with the level of operational change currently being experienced within the profession, a heavyweight COO would give us a tremendous advantage in adapting to a fast-moving market,” said SJ Berwin’s managing partner, Rob Day. 

Added senior partner Stephen Kon: “As the legal market continues to experience unprecedented change, we believe Rick will add tremendous insight to how we not only adapt to those pressures but how we create an infrastructure that is market leading in the legal profession.”

Baumgartner’s work at McKinsey included integrating support functions, globalising policies and procedures, implementing financial risk management controls and managing costs and budgets.



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