Reed Smith boss quits for GC job

Another senior exit, another move in-house. Mere days after Freshfields’ boss Ted Burke quit for a GC job at Boston’s Arclight Capital Partners, we find out that Reed Smith’s global chief Greg Jordan is to become the legal boss of PNC Financial Services Group. Goodness.

But this tale of musical chairs is all about surprises. When Reed Smith’s global chief Greg Jordan was re-elected as global managing partner last October, few would have suspected he’d be off to pastures new a year later. Having been the firm’s boss since 2000, the grass at PNC Financial Services Group must have looked pretty green when its general counsel Bob Hoyt threw in the towel for Barclays after Mark Harding’s retirement.

There had been predictions that the banking giant was going to pick its next legal boss from within. But that was reckoning without the umbilical relationship between Pittsburgh-headquartered Reed Smith and Pittsburgh-headquartered PNC.

As the grass gleams with promise for Hoyt and Jordan, Reed Smith’s litigation chief Alexander Thomas, who has been with the firm since 1999, gets his chance to be boss. How’s that for a Friday warmer.

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