Law company Clyde & Co announced the appointment of Matthew Kelsall as its new chief executive officer, succeeding Peter Hasson, who has served in the role since 2005.
Kelsall will take on the role of CEO from 1 November 2019, to coincide with Peter Hirst taking on the role of senior partner and will work with him and Hasson to ensure a smooth transition.
Kelsall has held executive positions in each of Clyde & Co’s main regions, including that of chief operating officer in the Middle East and North Africa, Asia Pacific and North America.
Hasson said: “I thank all those I’ve worked with at the firm over the past twenty years for their hard work, determination and support, which has enabled us to grow to become a truly global player in the legal market. Matthew is someone I’ve known and worked with for a very long time and is an outstanding choice as CEO. I have every confidence that together, Peter and Matthew can take our firm to the next level and I look forward to working with them during the leadership transition and beyond.”
Kelsall added: “I’m honoured to take on the role of CEO and I thank Peter and the Board for entrusting me with the responsibility. We have a huge opportunity to further strengthen the market-leading offerings we have built around the world and I look forward to working with the Senior Partner, the Management Board and our top class management team to achieve our ambitious goals.”
Hirst commented: “Matthew’s knowledge and understanding of the organisation, the global legal market and the day-to-day operations of a large and fast-growing global law firm, all make him the outstanding candidate for the CEO position.”