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John Lennon was right – life really is what happens while you’re making other plans.
Take Allen & Overy (A&O) financial institutions boss Alistair Asher. One week he is busy advising the Co-operative Group on its £1.5bn debt restructuring, the next he gets appointed to the Co-op’s brand-spanking new management team. Someone give this man a holiday.
Actually, it doesn’t look like he has time to take one. His new role starts in just two-weeks (1 July), when the longstanding A&O lawyer becomes the Co-op’s first-ever group general counsel, responsible for Co-op’s legal function and its Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) business. He joins a fresh management team that so far includes: ex-Kingfisher legal and corporate affairs director Nick Folland is now Co-op’s executive director, ex-Kingfisher COO Euan Sutherland is now chief executive (as of May this year) and ex-Barclays HR director is now Co-op’s chief HR officer. Blimey.
We don’t know about you, but it’s a tad tiring just reading about all these changes. Heck, Asher even found a minute to talk to us on the phone yesterday. With mere weeks to go we look forward to seeing what Co-op’s new GC has up his sleeve, but first here’s to a spa treatment or two.
Also on The Lawyer:
Alice Chan, GC at Prudential Corporation Asia, has to keep a strong grip on a diverse and growing business, recently overseeing a major expansion in Thailand
Misys general counsel Tom Kilroy is leaving the software company to join listed biotechnology company Genus next month
Allen & Overy (A&O) has turned to an in-house lawyer again for a senior hire, taking on Visa Europe general counsel and executive vice president Vanessa Turner as an antitrust partner in Brussels