McCullough Robertson has named Kristen Podagiel as managing partner as it revamps its management structure.
Podagiel, who has spent her entire career at McCullough Robertson, will commence in her new role on 1 June. Brad McCosker will continue in his role as CEO until that date, when the firm will also discontinue the position.
McCosker, who was appointed CEO in 2016, will have an ongoing role after the revamp. Once he steps down, the firm will be jointly led by Podagiel and Dominic McGann, chairman of partners.
Before Podagiel, Guy Humble was the firm’s last managing partner. He held the position from 2010 to 2015, and is currently leading the firm’s commercial disputes practice.
“As managing partner, Kristen will continue to be closely involved with the firm’s clients, continuing the focus of the firm on unlocking success for them and ensuring a brilliant client experience,” the firm said.
Podagiel started as a graduate at the firm in 2001. She became a senior associate in 2003 and a partner in 2007. She is a corporate and commercial lawyer with a particular focus on the mining and resources industry, where she specialises in structuring and establishment of major projects and joint ventures. She advises on financing and sales and acquisitions of a wide range of projects.
Her background and previous leadership roles make the incoming managing partner ideally placed to lead the firm, McCullough Robertson said. Podagiel has been a member of the firm’s executive committee and its innovation team.
“As a leading and determinedly independent firm, entrenched in the industries our clients operate in, we are excited about this leadership appointment and what it means for our clients and the future of our firm,” McGann said. “Kristen is an excellent lawyer and natural leader, which makes her the perfect candidate for the role of managing partner. Her career success is built on a personal commitment to client relationships and sets an outstanding example for the whole of the firm.”
McCosker has driven the competitive positioning of the firm and helped it look to the future in a dynamic profession, McGann said.
“He has been instrumental in shaping the leadership approach throughout the firm and we look forward to his ongoing contribution,” the chairman of partners said.