Slater and Gordon CCO takes CEO mantle

Dina Tutungi is set to helm the firm following John Somerville's retirement in March 2024

Slater and Gordon CCO takes CEO mantle
Dina Tutungi

Slater and Gordon chief client officer (CCO) Dina Tutungi is set to take the mantle of CEO following the retirement of John Somerville.

“It is a great honour and privilege to be appointed as CEO of such an iconic and purpose-driven organisation”, Tutungi said. “I am excited that our new ownership structure brings with it renewed investment in our people, legal processes and clients. It will provide our people with enhanced career opportunities and allow our most senior lawyers the opportunity to acquire meaningful equity in the organisation. I look forward to continuing to reshape the law and legal process to deliver truly client-centred outcomes”.

Tutungi has been with Slater and Gordon for over 22 years, commencing her tenure with the firm as a paralegal. She is an accredited specialist in personal injury law and has been involved with litigation across the firm’s practices in Victoria.

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She has headed up the firm’s personal injury division in Victoria, in addition to taking on other senior leadership positions throughout her time with Slater and Gordon. She was named CCO in 2018, helming marketing and brand, media and communications, digital marketing, contact centres, client care, stakeholder and government relations, legal operations and social work services.

“Dina brings to the role a deep understanding of Slater and Gordon, its clients, the law and its people, and has strong financial and operational experience. She has been instrumental in the company’s turnaround, the development of its leading digital marketing capability, and securing the partnership with Allegro”, Slater and Gordon chair James MacKenzie said.

MacKenzie praised the contributions of Somerville, who came on board as CEO in 2018 during what Slater and Gordon described as “a critical restructure period for the company”. Somerville led the firm to make “significant progress in simplifying and digitising its processes to secure a stabilised trajectory of year-on-year organic growth”.

Tutungi said that she was eager to build the foundations laid by Somerville and “continue on the exciting growth trajectory that he has led”.

Somerville is set to step down from the post on 31 March 2024. A transition period will commence over the next six months.

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