Know- how and vision see Sarah secure top job
MIDLANDS law firm Shakespeare Martineau has appointed a new chief executive.
Sarah Walker- Smith is currently chief operating officer at Browne Jacobson and will take over the post in February.
Shakespeare Martineau said Ms Walker- Smith was selected from a large field of candidates because of her commercial knowledge and vision for the firm.
Shakespeare Martineau has around 800 staff based mainly in the West and East Midlands including in Birmingham, Solihull and Stratford- upon- Avon.
Her brief will be to continue to drive the business forward and build on the progress made over the last four years under the leadership of outgoing chief executive Andy Raynor.
Ms Walker- Smith began her career as a chartered accountant with financial services PwC before spending eight years in senior communication and marketing roles at Boots.
She said: “I’m looking forward to being a part of the firm’s future at such an exciting time.
“The strong progress in growing the business is continuing and I believe I can bring further vision and originality to an already commercial strategy as well as harnessing the ambition and progressive attitude I can see in the firm.
“Above all else, I’m looking forward to getting to know, and working with, all of the firm’s people and clients.”
Senior partner Andrew Whitehead added: “The appointment of our next chief executive comes at a pivotal time for our business as we look to roll out the next phase of our ambitious growth strategy, building on the strong financial platform which Andy leaves us with.
“With so many opportunities, and indeed challenges, ahead for professional services firms such as ours, we always knew that finding the right person for this critical role was going to be instrumental to our future success and in Sarah we’re in no doubt we’ve found an impressive business leader.
“We’ve also been bowled over with the range and quality of the applicants we’ve seen for this position, which I think speaks volumes for our growing reputation and presence in our markets, and our potential.
“Andy will be a hard act to follow but we were all unanimously enthusiastic about Sarah.”
Sarah Walker- Smith