Bingham McCutchen LLP, a Boston-based global law firm with a thousand attorneys, announced the promotion of Steve Browne, 49, to the role of managing partner.

Steve Browne. Photo courtesy of Bingham.

Chairman Jay Zimmerman, 59, who has led Bingham since 1994, will take on the additional title of chief executive. He will remain responsible for firm finance issues, global strategy, client relations, and other strategic initiatives while Browne will direct and supervise the day-to-day operations of the firm, Bingham McCutchen said in a press release.

Since joining Bingham in 2005 from Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault, Browne has held a number of leadership roles at his new firm, including managing partner of Bingham’s Boston office.

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In a statement, Zimmerman said: “The new structure is a natural next step for a global enterprise operating at the highest level in a hugely competitive and dynamic world. True to our long-held strategy of anticipating and embracing change, we are proactive and continually refine our approach to running the firm. The creation of the managing partner role makes great sense, and Steve is a terrific choice.”