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Norton Rose Fulbright elects new global chief executive

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 @ 11:28 AM | By John Chunn

Norton Rose Fulbright announced the election of Gerry Pecht as global chief executive, effective Jan. 1, 2021. He will succeed Peter Martyr, who has led Norton Rose and then Norton Rose Fulbright since 2002.

According to the firm’s press release, Pecht, currently Norton Rose Fulbright’s global head of dispute resolution and litigation, said he is “proud and honoured to be elected Norton Rose Fulbright’s global chief executive. Over the past 10 years, we have built a global platform with exceptional lawyers serving valued clients in virtually every major business centre. The quality of our people around the world enables us to collaborate on a truly global level. I look forward to building on our platform and taking our firm to the next phase of its evolution. As global chief executive, I will promote our firm’s unity and strategic alignment, emphasize our client service focus, utilize our technological and innovative advantages and optimize our financial performance.

“I will also place a priority on social engagement. Lawyers play a special role in society, and our firm must use its influence to fight racism, sexism and social injustice. Diversity and inclusion is a key focus for our firm and a cause I will continue to champion.”

Martyr added: “Gerry is a highly experienced business leader, with whom I have worked closely over the past eight years. Gerry is a U.S. lawyer with a global personal and professional background, making him well equipped to drive the firm’s global business transformation strategy. The firm is in good hands, and I am certain it will flourish under his leadership.”

Pecht has been a member of the firm’s global executive committee since 2013 and has served as global head of dispute resolution and litigation since 2014. He joined the firm’s Houston office in 1980 and was named a partner in 1987.