Stephen Immelt, photo courtesy of Hogan Lovells
Stephen Immelt, photo courtesy of Hogan Lovells

Even though the merger of Washington D.C.-based law firm Hogan & Hartson and London-based law firm Lovells was completed in 2010, the multinational law firm Hogan Lovells had still been operating almost as separate firms. Two CEOs — Warren Gorrell and David Harris — head up the company, and the chain of command remained relatively compartmentalized.

However, the firm seems to be taking steps to streamline that chain of command, highlighted by a major announcement on Dec. 11. Hogan Lovells has appointed current global co-head of Litigation Practice Steve Immelt as the company’s next CEO, the first sole CEO in the merged company’s history.

“Our partners were clear that now is the right time to move to a single CEO,” Hogan Lovells Chair Nicholas Hoffings said in a statement. “Steve is the obvious and clear choice… He was a key part of the management team involved in the creation of Hogan Lovells and has a very good sense of what it takes to manage a law firm of this size and scope.”

Before the merger, Immelt served as the head of Hogan & Hartson’s international offices and as managing partner of the firm’s Baltimore office. Along with his current position as co-head of litigation, Immelt also serves on Hogan Lovell’s International Management Committee. He is expected to take the reins as the new CEO in July 2014 and serve in terms of four years length.

“The firm is in a very strong position, our best ever,” Immelt said in a statement. “If elected, it will be a privilege to succeed David and Warren.”

The firm also announced that London Finance partner David Hudd would be appointed as deputy CEO in July 2014 as well. Hudd joined the firm as a partner in 1994 and currently heads the global Finance practice.


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