Alston & Bird announced today that Gerald (Tripp) O’Connor has joined as chief financial officer based in the firm’s Atlanta office.
O’Connor replaces Richard Levinson, who is retiring after 10 years as Alston & Bird’s CFO and who has served in various finance and other leadership roles since joining the firm in 1987.
“Tripp joins us at an exciting time as analytics and technology are transforming the legal profession,” said Alston & Bird Chairman and Managing Partner Richard Hays. “He brings a proven track record in innovation, financial acumen, and a mindset for providing outstanding client service.”
O’Connor joins from Capgemini, the global consulting and technology services company, where he held several leadership roles in two stints with the firm over a 15-year period. His most recent position was CFO of Capgemini’s Applications Technology unit, a $1.5 billion business with 16,000 employees worldwide. In that role, which he assumed in 2016, he managed 10 business unit P&Ls for financial performance, growth, investment, and profitability. He also served as head of operations for the unit, managing resource utilization, staff pyramid, and retention initiatives.
From 1999 to 2010, he was director of Capgemini’s Delivery Operations and Risk Management unit and a member of the leadership team for the firm’s North America Consulting Services business. As director, he managed financial deal structuring, complex project delivery, and contract terms for more than 500 consulting engagements in North America and India. He also led due diligence for numerous acquisition candidates and divestitures and managed transformation initiatives across North America, India, and Europe to improve the firm’s efficiency and productivity.
In between his Capgemini service, O’Connor was a co-founder and chief operations officer of GrowthOps, an Atlanta-based firm focused on next-generation data analytics aimed at helping organizations inform their strategic and operational decisions. He held that position from 2010 to 2016.
Earlier in his career, O’Connor also worked at Ernst & Young, CSC Consulting, and EDS Group.
A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, O’Connor holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
“On behalf of our entire firm, I would like to thank Rich Levinson for his many significant contributions to Alston & Bird over the past 33 years,” said Hays. “Rich has worked tirelessly to drive transformation across our practices and build a strong foundation for the financial processes and systems that underpin our firm’s success. We wish Rich all the best.”