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Hogan Lovells Confirms 2017 Board Appointments

20 April 2017

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Charlotte Sansom

Senior Public Relations Manager
+44 20 7296 2132

LONDON and WASHINGTON, D.C., 20 April 2017 – Hogan Lovells has elected a new partner to its board.

Bruce Oakley has been elected as The Americas representative. Leopold von Gerlach has been re-elected as the representative for the Continental Europe region, and Ben Higson has been re-elected to the 45 and under seat. All begin or continue their roles with immediate effect.

The Hogan Lovells Board comprises 12 members in total and has supervisory responsibility for overseeing the affairs of the firm, but without executive responsibility for strategy, management, and operating decisions. It provides input to the CEO and Hogan Lovells’ International Management Committee.  Members of the Board make up the Compensation Committee and are part of the Equity Elevation and Partner Admission Committees which they chair. Membership of the Board is designed to reflect the broad scope of the business, with members representing a combination of geographic and other backgrounds.

Biographical details on Bruce Oakley:

Bruce Oakley is Managing Partner of our Houston office. He has more than 25 years' experience as a trial lawyer in Houston, helping commercial clients solve problems through advice, analysis, and advocacy. Having served as a judge presiding over thousands of lawsuits, Bruce knows particularly well the risks and opportunities facing clients with business disputes; and what works and does not work at the courthouse. Bruce regularly represents businesses across the energy spectrum — from exploration and production, drilling operations, refineries, pipelines, and to the services sector.

The Board will now comprise:

Chair (and “At Large”):  Nicholas Cheffings

CEO:  Steve Immelt

AsiaPacific Middle East:  Andrew McGinty

Continental Europe:  Leopold von Gerlach

Washington, D.C. area:  Cate Stetson

London:  Ruth Grant

The Americas:  Bruce Oakley

The Americas (except D.C.):  Miguel Zaldivar

45 and under:  Ben Higson 

“At Large” representatives:  Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, Craig Hoover, Phoebe Wilkinson

"I am honored to welcome Bruce Oakley to the Board and look forward to continuing to work with Leopold von Gerlach and Ben Higson,” said Hogan Lovells Chair Nicholas Cheffings. “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.”

 
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