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Reed Smith’s global managing partner leaves to become PNC general counsel

Posted Oct 4, 2013 9:02 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Gregory Jordan. Photo provided by
Reed Smith.

Reed Smith’s global managing partner Gregory Jordan is leaving to become general counsel of PNC Financial Services Group, a key client of the law firm.

Replacing Jordan as global managing partner will be Alexander “Sandy” Thomas, the global chair of litigation at Reed Smith, according to a press release, the Legal Intelligencer (sub. req.), the Pittsburgh Business Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Jordan served for 13 years in the top job at Reed Smith, helping oversee an aggressive expansion that transformed the firm “from a regional shop to a global powerhouse,” the Legal Intelligencer says.

Jordan said he was recruited by PNC’s CEO, William Demchak, in a phone call in the last month. “I’m busy 24/7 running Reed Smith, so I didn’t have a resume, I wasn’t looking for a job,” he told the Pittsburgh Business Times. “So, yeah, the call and the opportunity took me by surprise.”

Jordan begins the new job on Oct. 15. He will be executive vice president, general counsel and head of regulatory and government affairs at PNC.

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