Know- how and vi­sion see Sarah se­cure top job

Solihull News - - BUSINESS NEWS - TAMLYN JONES tamlyn. [email protected] reach­plc. com

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.