KBE Human Capital has rebranded to KBE Legal Hub as it announces the appointment of two new managing partners as part of its launch into Western Australia.
From 1 October, the rebranded KBE Legal Hub aims to provide a “full suite of permanent and flexible working options for Western Australia’s lawyers, law firms and in-house teams,” according to KBE’s managing director Chris Bates.
Rebecca Johnston and John Poulsen have been announced to the position of managing partners for the firm’s new Western Australian “permanent and flexible working team.”
Ms Johnston is an “emerging leader in the Australian legal community,” according to Mr Bates, and joins KBE as an executive director and general counsel.
Previously a director with international aviation and aerospace law firm HodgkinsonJohnston, Ms Johnston has worked as both a managing partner and been seconded as a senior in-house legal counsel and has acted for some of the world’s leading tech companies.
Admitted to practice law in Australia and New York, Ms Johnston is also currently undertaking her MBA at the University of Western Australia.
Mr Poulsen joins the team in a director capacity, and has worked as a certified consultant at Barrett Values Centre and is a principal consultant at People Passion Performance among other roles. He was previously a managing partner with Squire Patton Boggs and is the director of the WA chapter of the College of Law.
Speaking on Mr Poulsen’s appointment, Mr Bates said “John has been a mentor and friend of KBE for many years.”
“It is a great privilege to play MD to someone who has coached me for so many years, and I look forward to seeing what we can all achieve working together!” he exclaimed.
Reflecting on the appointments, Mr Bates said “Rebecca and John are incredible human beings, who also happen to be very accomplished lawyers.”
“We have a philosophy of always hiring people who are smarter than ourselves!”