04:49, May 10 453 0

2017-05-10 04:49:07
KWM elects Australia head as new global managing partner

King & Wood Mallesons has appointed Australia chief executive partner Sue Kench as its new global managing partner, six months after Stuart Fuller stepped down from the post.

At the same time, the Asia-Pacific based firm has created a new role of global chief operating officer and elected Chinese corporate partner Rupert Li to the inaugural role.

In Australia, Berkeley Cox will replace Kench as the chief executive partner. He currently serves as deputy managing partner and managing partner for the banking and finance, financial services and projects and real estate groups.

The firm said the new leadership team will focus on cementing KWM as the leading international firm in Asia.

Kench joined legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques in 1993 and was appointed partner in 1996. She has been serving as the Chief Executive Partner Australia since 2013.

Her appointment to the global managing partner role comes six months after Stuart Fuller stepped down from the post in the blink of KWM EUME LLP’s collapse.

Li’s new role as the global COO is set to foster greater integration of its regional practices, according to the firm. He has held the role of international partner within the China and Hong Kong practices and has played a key role in the development of the firm’s international operations, including the re-launch of KWM’s European platform following the administration of the EUME LLP.

He is a current member of the firm’s International Management Committee as well as a current member of the China Management Committee.

Global Chairman Wang Junfeng said: “Sue Kench is an excellent appointment for the firm as its new Global Managing Partner. Her track record of success as the Chief Executive Partner of KWM Australia combined with her international relationships and deep understanding of the global business puts her in a strong position to build on the steps already taken by the firm to build its global platform and drive the global strategy forward.”

Wang added: “The creation the new role of global COO is designed to focus on greater levels of operational integration across the global firm and I’m pleased that Rupert Li will take on this important role.”