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The CMS network has shaken up its management structure ahead of executive partner Dick Tyler’s return to the UK.
The firm will scrap the executive partner position when Tyler finishes his term in the summer and returns to practice at CMS Cameron McKenna in London. His responsibilities will be shared between the chairman of CMS’s executive committee and the newly appointed executive director.
Tyler has been executive partner since 2008, working out of the firm’s Frankfurt office.
Cornelius Brandi has been reappointed chairman of CMS’s executive committee and will serve a four-year term, which will expire on 30 June 2015. He was first appointed in 2008 for a three-year period. The role of chairman will expand from 1 July 2011, meaning that Berlin-based Brandi will have to spend more time in CMS’s headquarters in Frankfurt.
“Cornelius has been an outstanding chairman, providing strong leadership during an important time for CMS,” said Pierre Sebastien-Thill, managing partner of CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre and member of the CMS executive committee. “There’s unanimous agreement among the executive committee that he should continue in the role.”
CMS has also created the new role of executive director, which will be filled by director of operations Matthew Gorman. The role will combine the duties of a director of operations with some of the more operational duties performed by Tyler as executive partner.
Tyler said: “It’s been a privilege to serve as executive partner. In 2008, I set the objective of completing the key convergence projects and taking CMS to the next level in its development. With the help of some very talented people, I’m proud that we have met that objective.”
CMS’s 18-member executive committee comprises two members from each of the CMS network’s nine firms.