Pillsbury old guard dominate after elections

Pillsbury Winthrop’s management has received a vote of confidence from the firm’s partnership, which has re-elected its chair and managing partner.

Mary Cranston and Marina Park, chair and managing partner respectively, will retain the positions they have held since the merger of New York’s Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts and the West Coast’s Pillsbury Madison & Sutro in 2000.

Both Cranston and Park held these titles at the pre-merger Pillsbury. Legacy Pillsbury partners now hold the top positions at the firm after it was also announced that David Snyder, managing partner of the London office, will become executive vice chair.

Snyder takes over from John Pritchard who was chairman of Winthrop Stimson. Legacy Pillsbury partners also dominate the firm’s managing board, with nine out of 12 members hailing from the West Coast practice.

Around 300 partners took part in the voting between 1 November and 15 November.