MinterEllisonRuddWatts names Andrew Poole as new CEO

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MinterEllisonRuddWatts announces its partnership has appointed Andrew Poole as chief executive, effective August 6.

"This is the perfect time for Andrew to become our firm’s next chief executive," says chairman Lloyd Kavanagh.

"We've selected a strong leader at a time when MinterEllisonRuddWatts is in an eminent position in a sector going through significant change.

"We’ve built a great culture over the years and have chosen Andrew given his proven ability to help law firms thrive in dynamic environments – leveraging what is working well and transforming what needs to change.

"With a background in both law and commercial enterprise, Andrew will help us build on our momentum and continue to move us, and our clients, forward with the speed necessary to capitalise on the opportunities ahead."

Confirming his appointment Mr Poole says "MinterEllisonRuddWatts has a strong reputation in the market – its recent successes and growth is remarkable.

"The firm is progressive, and I am impressed with its ability to move quickly and its willingness to do things differently to deliver excellent value for its clients.

"The firm’s culture is unique and has attracted outstanding talent at all levels within the firm. I’m excited to be rejoining the legal profession and relish the challenge of making this the best firm for clients and its people."

Mr Poole has led significant projects for the NEXT Foundation, which has a vision of creating a legacy of environmental and educational excellence to benefit future generations of New Zealanders. An example is as chairman and chief executive of the Rotoroa Island Trust which manages a conservation, education and tourism asset in the Hauraki Gulf. He has also been involved in corporate advisory work, consulting in a range of sectors including with a number of law firms in the past 18 months.

Prior to these roles Mr Poole built a successful leadership career in law and professional services, starting as a commercial lawyer and partner, and as the chief executive of another top tier law firm.

Outgoing chief executive Mike Schubert said that he is proud to have helped MinterEllisonRuddWatts advance its market position during his tenure.

"The firm has won numerous new clients and is now one of the largest firms in the country, with a highly engaged team which continues to deliver brilliant commercial advice. I have full confidence the firm will continue to prosper with Andrew on board," says Mr Schubert.

"Mike leaves behind a great legacy and a strong platform to launch the next chapter of the firm’s success," says Mr Kavanagh.

"We thank Mike for his contribution to our firm over the past two years."

Mr Poole’s appointment follows an extensive domestic and international executive search.