Cozen O'Connor has announced the final phase of its restructuring and succession plan, naming Thomas A. (Tad) Decker as president and chief executive officer of the newly reorganized firm. The appointment was effective August 9.
This transition marks the first time the role of CEO will be held by someone other than firm founders Stephen A. Cozen or Patrick J. O'Connor. The firm also recently announced changes to its governance structure that created a board of directors and shifted controlling decision-making power to shareholders.
Mr. Decker previously served as managing partner of Cozen O'Connor for four years before accepting Gov. Edward G. Rendell's appointment as chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in October of 2004. Mr. Cozen and Mr. O'Connor will remain active in the firm's practice and policymaking, serving as chairman and vice-chairman, respectively.
Prior to joining Cozen O'Connor, Mr. Decker held senior executive positions for a number of major corporations, including Asbury Automotive Group and Unisource Worldwide Inc., where he was executive vice president and general counsel, and Saint-Gobain Corporation, where he was chief operating officer and general counsel. He also held the position of chairman of the Committee of Corporate General Counsels of the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law and was appointed chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners.