Clark Hill, based in Detroit, has announced John Hensien as its CEO. John Hern, who served as Clark Hill’s CEO for 18 years, will move into a new role as co-chair of the firm along with Jeffrey Conn, leader of the firm’s banking and financial services practice and the Pittsburgh office.
“I am excited to be leading Clark Hill into 2021 and beyond and grateful for having been entrusted with the firm’s future,” says Hensien. “Three months into my transition to leadership, we plunged into a global pandemic followed by social and political unrest. I am proud of the indelible character of everyone at Clark Hill which brought us through those difficult times. I enter my leadership in 2021 with a sense of optimism and look forward to serving the firm and our clients.”
Hensien moves into the CEO position following a year-long transition that was announced in January 2020. He will place his immediate focus on a number of strategic initiatives and on evolving the firm’s service model in line with changing market needs. A central priority will be the expansion of the firm’s client relationship program.
“It is more important than ever that our firm listens to our clients and develop a comprehensive understanding of their businesses and industries, and that we not only help navigate the present, but also help them plan for the future,” says Hensien.
Hern and Conn will both retain their positions on the firm’s executive committee and will support Hensien in his role. Hern will concentrate on client interface activities.
Conn will continue to serve his clients in active practice in addition to his co-chair role.
Clark Hill is an international law firm with multidisciplinary practices. The firm has more than 650 attorneys and professionals in 23 offices across the nation, as well as offices in Dublin and Mexico City.