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Reshuffles: Hogan Lovells reshapes board as Norton Rose Fulbright elects new chair

Hogan Lovells has elected three partners to its 12-strong global board while Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has announced the appointment of its US non-executive chair, Ken Stewart, as global chair of the firm.

The Hogan Lovells trio includes London-based disputes partner Ruth Grant who succeeds commercial and retail banking head Emily Reid; Washington DC-based class action group head Craig Hoover who was re-elected to one of the ‘at large’ seats alongside partners Daniel Gonzalez and Michael Silver; and Washington DC-based disputes partner Cate Stetson who takes over from healthcare partner Helen Trilling.

All appointments will take effect on 1 May 2015 for the board which supervises affairs of the firm but without executive responsibility for strategy, management, and operating decisions. It also provides advice to chief executive Steve Immelt and the firm’s international management committee.

Firm chair Nicholas Cheffings, who was recently re-elected to his post in February for a second three-year term, said: ‘The board plays an important role in the governance of Hogan Lovells, in its relationship with our management team, and in listening to, and representing, the views of partners. The high level of participation in this election process is testament to that.’

Meanwhile NRF has appointed non-executive US chair Ken Stewart as its global chair from tomorrow (1 May). Based in Dallas and a corporate partner with over 30 years of experience, Stewart will ‘focus on fostering the global practice’s cross-border collaboration and growing client relationships’.

An ‘ambassadorial leadership role’ that runs for a one-year term, Stewart succeeds Johannesburg-based Sbu Gule who will continue as chair of NRF in South Africa and as vice-chair globally.