Minter Ellison appoints former PwC Australian senior partner as new chief

Australian firm Minter Ellison has appointed former PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Australian senior partner and chief executive Tony Harrington to succeed outgoing chief executive John Weber.

Harrington’s appointment comes four months after the formal announcement of Weber’s decision to step down from the top management role in November 2013 (28 November 2013). He has been at the helm of Minter Ellison since January 2009 and will formally step down at the end of June.

Harrington will start at the firm on 22 April to commence the process of transition and his chief executive appointment will take effect on 1 July. He will be based in the firm’s Sydney office.

He was most recently a managing director of global investment Moelis & Company, a role he started in 2011. Prior to that, he held various senior positions at PwC.

From 2000 to 2008, he was the Australian senior partner and chief executive of the global accountancy firm, coming into the position after the merger of PriceWaterhouse with Coopers & Lybrand, and oversaw the integration and growth of the merged firm in Australia. He subsequently took on the role of global managing partner, strategy and transformation at PwC.

He also served as an external advisor to the board of King & Wood Mallesons for three years since 2010.

Outgoing chief executive Webber will remain in the partnership in the immediate future to ensure a smooth transition of the leadership. However, he has previously indicated that he is planning on having a portfolio of interests, including board and related appointments.