Wotton + Kearney hires its first chief operating officer

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Wotton + Kearney hires its first chief operating officer

Insurance law firm Wotton + Kearney (W+K) has appointed Cath Evans as its first chief operating officer (COO), effective September 27.

Evans is a lawyer with extensive law firm executive experience, most recently as the COO for the Shine Group of companies across Australia and New Zealand. Previously, she held other executive positions, including chief executive officer (CEO) at Shine Lawyers and CEO of Slater and Gordon in the UK and COO in Australia.

She also served as a non-executive director at Colac Area Health and Western Victoria Primary Health Network, and a chair of Wayss – a not-for-profit organisation addressing homelessness and family violence in Melbourne.

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Evans joined W+K as a key member of the management committee and executive team, led by chief executive partner David Kearney.

Kearney commented that Evans has significant learnings that could help the firm achieve sustainable and profitable growth while focusing on its people and key business partners – insurer clients.

“We are absolutely delighted that Cath is joining our leadership team,” he added. “Her experience, skills, and style are a great fit for Wotton + Kearney as we pursue an accelerated growth strategy in our chosen sector of the legal services market and continue to invest in our People First culture.

“I'm looking forward to working closely with her as we implement our ‘Towards 2025’ strategy to accelerate growth in a way which further enhances our clients' experiences and continues to improve our operational and financial performance.”

Evans commented: “W+K is a firm deeply committed to the delivery of high-quality legal services [and] creation of an environment for its people to excel and is progressive in its outlook – I see this as a great opportunity to work with a group of highly motivated industry leaders.”