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New Norton Rose chief executive names new management team

Friday, October 09, 2020 @ 11:42 AM | By John Chunn


Norton Rose Fulbright announced that Gerry Pecht has assumed the role of global chief executive of the firm, effective Oct. 1, 2020. Pecht succeeds Peter Martyr, who led Norton Rose and then Norton Rose Fulbright since 2002.

According to the firm’s press release, upon assuming his role, Pecht has introduced a new global management structure and team. The team will be composed of five senior executives roles: chief client officer Jane Caskey; chief operating officer Rob Otty; chief strategic alignment, innovation and people officer Wayne Spanner; chief information officer and head of shared services Ann-Michele Bowlin; and chief of marketing and communications Laura Shumiloff. Two of the roles — chief client officer and chief strategic alignment, innovation and people officer — are new and designed to reinforce the firm’s focus on delivering client service and aligning its people across its global platform.

“In assuming this important role, I am committed to making a positive impact for our people, our clients and our communities,” said Pecht in the news release. “I have assembled a talented, multinational executive management team to help lead our firm. This management team is diverse in its gender and geographies.”

“Our new global management structure and team will ensure we have a clear focus on the most significant areas for our firm: serving our clients, supporting our people and delivering our vision. Together, we will focus on maximizing the benefits of our global platform and providing superior client service with our diverse teams who understand our clients and can deliver innovative solutions.”

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. Joining the Houston office in 1980 and becoming partner in 1987, Pecht built a commercial litigation practice focused on securities litigation and enforcement, energy litigation, internal corporate investigations, international litigation and arbitration.