Global law firm Clyde & Co has announced the appointment of Matthew Kelsall (pictured) as its new chief executive officer, effective January 01, 2020.
Kelsall will replace outgoing CEO Peter Hasson, who will step down having been CEO since 2005. Kelsall has a deep understanding of Clyde & Co, having joined the firm in 2007, and has held executive positions in each of its main regions, including that of chief operating officer in the Middle East and North Africa, Asia-Pacific, and North America.
In a statement, the firm said that Kelsall will take on the role of CEO designate from November 01 to coincide with Peter Hirst taking on the role of senior partner. Hirst led the recruitment process, alongside the firm’s management board, and the two new leaders are expected to work closely together to develop the firm’s long-term strategy and drive the delivery of services across its core sectors – which includes insurance.
“Matthew’s knowledge and understanding of the organisation, the global legal market and the day-to-day operations of a large and fast-growing global law firm, all make him the outstanding candidate for the CEO position,” said Hirst. “I look forward to working with Matthew over the coming months to affirm our long-term strategic direction.”
“I’m honoured to take on the role of CEO and I thank Peter and the board for entrusting me with the responsibility,” said Kelsall. “We have a huge opportunity to further strengthen the market-leading offerings we have built around the world and I look forward to working with the senior partner, the management board and our top-class management team to achieve our ambitious goals.”