WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Marc-Philip Ferzan as Senior Managing Director to help launch the firm's Risk Advisory and Management practice. The new practice will focus on critical infrastructure and cybersecurity enhancement, and will integrate tightly with the firm's Geopolitical Advisory services, as well as with its Economic and Financial Forensics, Data Analytics, and Visual Communications Consulting practice professionals.
Mr. Ferzan will add leadership and new dimensions to Ankura's services to assist clients in better assessing immediate and emerging 21st Century risks and marketplace realities by leveraging the firm's breadth of expertise and resources to holistically assess geopolitical, economic, technological, societal, environmental, and regulatory compliance challenges. With over 20 years of investigative and regulatory experience, Mr. Ferzan seamlessly collaborates with a broad range of subject matter experts to enable informed decision-making for private and public sector leaders confronting the often interrelated impacts of climate change and natural disaster events, infrastructure and critical facilities failures, cyber attacks, homeland security breaches, and regulatory compliance shortcomings, among other hazards.
Prior to joining Ankura, Mr. Ferzan served in key leadership roles in federal and state government and also consulted for multi-national companies. His unique background and expertise inform his approach to helping clients devise tailored, cost-effective, and efficient solutions where higher risk profiles exist. Through strategic and tactical planning, he offers his clients a range of analytical services which can help increase market share or expand into new markets, facilitate capital planning and investment decisions, mitigate a range of hazards, and enhance resilience across critical facilities and IT systems.
"I am very pleased to have Marc join the Ankura team. He has had a distinguished career in public service, and unique experiences that will help clients devise realistic and scalable solutions to safeguard against and also accelerate recovery from catastrophic events," said Roger Carlile, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ankura. "Marc's focus on critical infrastructure and cybersecurity enhancement capabilities in conjunction with Ankura's geopolitical risk advisory offerings, headed by Michelle DiGruttolo, will give the firm's clients access to strategic and tactical all-hazards risk mitigation services."
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Mr. Ferzan was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to a dual cabinet and senior staff position responsible for developing a coordinated and accelerated approach to the State's recovery and rebuilding. His leadership culminated in the creation of numerous resilience programs administered through the State's departments and agencies designed to "harden" the most at-risk infrastructure and critical facilities across transit and transportation assets, water supply and wastewater treatment plants and regional healthcare centers, among others.
Mr. Ferzan also previously served as Executive Assistant Attorney General at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General where he provided legal and policy guidance on a broad range of law enforcement, emergency response, and regulatory matters to the Attorney General, the Governor, Lt. Governor, and executive-level management of State departments and agencies.
He also served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey, where he held various leadership positions, including Chief of the Commercial Crimes Unit, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, and Acting Deputy and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney. He facilitated national security investigations as well as established and supervised the Office's first Department of Justice-designated Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) group of prosecutors responsible for investigating and prosecuting data breaches, botnets, malicious computer viruses, and computer intrusions in conjunction with the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, and other Federal and state law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Ferzan also previously served in Washington, D.C. as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and Senior Counsel with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement.
"Marc has demonstrated throughout his career that he is a leader," said Philip Daddona, Co-President of Ankura. "He exemplifies the professionalism and character we believe is the foundation of our firm. His proven ability to solve extremely complex problems in dynamic situations will benefit our clients and serve as an example for our people. We are excited to have Marc on our team."
"Joining the team of experts at Ankura is very exciting, and I am looking forward to contributing to the continued growth of both the practice group and firm overall as we help clients understand and address critical risks to their operations and investments," said Ferzan.
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 & 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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