Eversheds Sutherland’s international operation has announced that partner Kathryn Roberts has been elected its chair for a term of four years.
Roberts has replaced the previous chair, Bruce Dear, who was elected six months earlier, but has been forced to retire due to ill health.
A person with knowledge of the firm said that he is currently receiving treatment.
Roberts’ term as chair of the firm’s non-U.S. operations formally comes into effect on 1 September this year. She is currently the senior office partner of the firm’s Cardiff office, and a member of its international real estate executive team.
Roberts is also currently chair of the Confederation of British Industry in Wales in 2021 and 2022. Eversheds said that she will conclude her term in December 2022.
In a statement, Roberts said: “I’m looking forward to applying my experience to achieve the very best for the firm, and welcome the ongoing support already being offered to me by the partners and our people. Together we will ensure that Eversheds Sutherland continues to achieve its strategic objectives through the values it holds at its heart.”
Roberts will work with CEO Lee Ranson, who was reappointed to the role in September 2020 following an uncontested election.
Eversheds Sutherland International represents the firm’s non-U.S. operations, with the firm’s international and U.S. arms having separate leadership teams. In the last financial year the international firm’s operating profit was £216.7 million and its international business comprises 28 offices.