AdvertisementGilbert + Tobin contenders sharpen up for succession talks

Gilbert + Tobin contenders sharpen up for succession talks

The other thing he’s known for is a little bit of routine or politics. Gilbert is a strong leader and likes to keep things clear. If a partner wants to leave, for example, he can and there is no grudges or competition. Few do.

Strangers have been questioning Gilbert about his tenure for the past twenty years. He told Street Talk Monday that he’s not going anywhere (“I’ll be at this party for a few more years”), but said the partners are preparing to formalize succession plans.

“It’s very fetal,” he said. “We will look at a whole range of options; in the first quarter [next year] we [the partners] They should come together to have a conversation about that.” Others said they could all be sorted out early in the new year; they said G+T issues are usually resolved quickly.

The rumor mill is over the line as to who the main competitors are. Some even say a successor has already been appointed, which Gilbert said was not.

Names hanging around include Sydney-based partners Tim Gordon and Rachel Basil, both turned seasoned partners known for their hunger and drive. Their peers include the likes of competition partner Liz Avery and finance guru Jill Christopher, all of whom are G+T. There’s also COO Sam Nickless, a former partner at McKinsey, if they want to go the non-lawyer’s path.

Gilbert said the partners had not yet decided what they were looking for in a managing partner. They wanted a similarly awkward alternative, with a great lawyer in attendance and calling the shots, right? Keep these managing partners on the gadgets?

Everything is on the table.

The other thing the partners want to know is what happens to Gilbert? How far does he want to be and for how long?


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