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CMS Cameron McKenna has unveiled its new, streamlined management structure, as the firm merges its board and executive committee into one single 15-member body.

The firm says the move has been made in order to simplify the decision-making process and enable more efficient communication with clients.

The new board, which will be headed up by senior partner Richard Price, includes managing partner Duncan Weston and all six practice group managers and a number of elected partners. The elected partners will sit for staggered four-year terms and will have at least three representatives from international offices and the sector groups. The firm’s general counsel Craig Perry also has a permanent place on the board.

Previously, sector group heads were not represented on the board and only one slot was allocated to international representatives.

Price said: “This is much more than just an administrative change to our internal governance structure. It is an innovative and forward-thinking way to ensure that we can respond quickly to our clients. It will support us in achieving our ambitious growth goals for the firm and in the part we play in the continued success of CMS.”

A smaller management committee made up of seven executive members, headed by Weston, will run the firm on a day-to-day basis. The members will include Moscow-based partner Steven Shone, who will play a supporting role in emerging markets initiatives, and London-based Nigel Moore, who will support UK initiatives.

The previous board comprised the senior partner, managing partner and five other elected representatives. There was also an executive committee which comprised the six practice group managers and practice support directors.

Camerons has also added an external advisory network to ‘mentor’ the board, the management committee and the central management team. The group will comprise of up to nine members, five of which will be external advisers and business leaders, with the rest senior members from Camerons and the CMS network. These members are in the process of being appointed.

Earlier this month, Camerons also made a number of new director appointments. These included former head of learning and development Tony Wright taking on the position as director of operations. The previous interim director of operations, Krishna Vishnubhotla, was appointed finance director.

So far, 11 members of the new board have been announced, with the remaining four – two international representatives and two sector group heads – to be announced shortly.

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