WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointments of Jessica Block as Senior Managing Director and Jessica Harris as Managing Director. In conjunction with Ms. Block's appointment, the firm also announced the launch of its Data Governance practice as part of the firm's Regulatory & Contractual Compliance group. Ms. Harris' appointment enhances the capabilities of the firm's Investigations & Accounting Advisory group. Ms. Block and Ms. Harris will be based in Ankura's Washington, DC office.
Ms. Jessica Block joins Ankura as Senior Managing Director and will lead the firm's data governance practice within the Regulatory & Contractual Compliance group. She has more than a decade of experience helping companies face complex information management challenges. Ms. Block specializes in applying technology to unlock the value of data and decrease the burden of compliance. Ms. Block has led consulting efforts across the lifecycle of various litigations, arbitrations, investigations and transactions, including the regulatory investigations of a global pharmaceutical company and various actions related to the gulf oil spill investigation. She has led teams in the acquisition, review and production of large volumes of electronically stored information and fostered ongoing data management partnerships with multiple major corporations. Ms. Block was most recently with FTI Consulting.
Ms. Jessica Harris joins Ankura as Managing Director as part of the firm's Investigations & Accounting Advisory group. She has more than a decade of experience in derivatives regulation. Ms. Harris has proven that she excels in investigation-oriented quantitative research design and analysis including statistical financial modeling. During her time with the U. S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's ("CFTC") Division of Enforcement, Ms. Harris conducted statistical analyses on large and diverse trading data to identify irregular trading patterns and market manipulation, written software programs to be utilized by CFTC agents to analyze trading data received by various futures exchanges, and developed programs to disseminate Division-wide manipulation analysis tools.
"Ankura is pleased to launch its Data Governance practice with Jessica Block as the lead at a time when our clients face unprecedented challenges and opportunities involving their data and the related governance policies," said Roger Carlile, Chief Executive Officer of Ankura. "We are also delighted to welcome Jessica Harris to our industry-leading Investigations & Accounting Advisory team. Adding her expertise in investigation-oriented quantitative research design and analysis as well as derivatives-related regulation demonstrates Ankura's commitment to building a team with a deep bench to advise our clients in the financial services sector."
About Ankura Consulting Group
Ankura Consulting Group is a business advisory and expert services firm. Its deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges clients face enables its team to provide impactful, senior-level counsel. As an independent firm built on five key principles – Integrity, Quality, Diversity, Collaboration and Longevity – Ankura's relationships extend beyond one engagement or issue. The firm empowers its industry experts to provide a high-touch, unique approach for its clients in critical times. Ankura's offering includes a wide range of compliance, corporate investigation, data analytics, disputes/litigation support, expert witness, economic and financial analysis, forensic accounting, geopolitical advisory, mass dispute resolution, risk advisory and management, transaction advisory, trust services, turnaround and restructuring, valuation, visual communications and business advisory services. For more information: www.ankuraconsultinggroup.com.
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