Litigation partner Steve Immelt has been appointed as chief executive officer (CEO) of Hogan Lovells. His appointment was confirmed by a partner vote that closed on 16 December.
Immelt will take over from current co-CEOs Warren Gorrell and David Harris on 1 July 2014. He will be supported by London finance partner David Hudd as deputy CEO. Their terms of office are four years.
Gorrell and Harris decided earlier this year not to stand again and concluded that the middle of next year would be the right time for a new management team to take the reins. Harris will be retiring from the firm while Gorrell will be continuing to focus on clients after 30 June 2014.
Immelt has a long track record in the management of the firm, including having played a role in its international expansion and the creation of Hogan Lovells in 2010. He is currently a member of the firm’s International Management Committee and global co-head of its litigation, arbitration and employment practice with London partner Michael Davison.
Hudd currently heads the global finance practice and helped develop the firm’s structured finance practice. Before joining the firm as a partner in 1994, he spent almost 10 years in investment banking both as a lawyer and as head of structured finance.