Former Bakers London managing partner wins executive committee role

Baker & McKenzie’s former City managing partner Gary Senior has been elected to succeed corporate partner Beatriz Araujo on the firm’s executive committee.

Senior stood down as managing partner last November after a decade in the role to continue his work as an M&A partner at the firm (12 November 2012). His successor, Paul Rawlinson, formally stepped into his new position in July 2013 (22 January 2013).

News of his move onto the executive committee was made at the Baker & McKenzie annual meeting in Singapore, which was attended by more than 700 of the firm’s partners earlier this month (24 and 26 October).

Baker’s executive committee is dedicated to developing and implementing the firm’s global strategy, as well as managing the day-to-day business. Other current members include chairman Eduardo Leite, insolvency and litigation partner Bruce Hambrett based in Sydney, IP partners Jim Holloway in Toronto and Winston Zee in Hong Kong, and corporate partners Phil Suse in Chicago and Koen Vanhaerents in Brussels.

Leite said in a statement: “Our deepest gratitude goes to Beatriz Araujo for her service to the firm and commitment to championing our client-driven strategy. Congratulations to Gary on his new role. His experience, insight and passion will prove invaluable as we strive to be our clients’ most trusted global advisors.”

The firm also shook up its eight-member London management committee earlier this year, adding two female partners to its board. Corporate partner Helen Bradley and employment partner Monica Kurnatowska took up two-year terms from 1 September, replacing Senior and corporate partner Peter Strivens who sat on the board for ten and five years respectively (22 July 2013).