Naylor will succeed Stephen DeSilva, who is set to retire on 31 March after more than 25 years with the firm.
The incoming COO brings experience in operational roles and joins the company having spent over 10 years in multiple roles at Linklaters. Most recently, he served as business director of its global Dispute Resolution division.
Naylor stated: “Conyers is a leading international law firm and I am delighted to be joining the management team and working across the global network to contribute to the firm’s success.”
Christian Luthi, director and chairman of Conyers, added: “We would like to thank Stephen DeSilvia for his contributions to Conyers. We are pleased to welcome Paul Naylor and look forward to working with him to ensure the continued smooth running of the firm and fully expect that he will play a key role in helping us fulfil our strategic objectives and build on our place as a leader in our market.”