naviGATE Expands Service Offerings; Launches Spend Management Practice

Former LECG Talent, Brian Lee and Michael Zavertnik, Bring Specialized Expertise to Firm

Mar 24, 2011, 13:57 ET from naviGATE

VILLANOVA, Pa., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- naviGATE, a regionally focused management consulting firm, announces the launch of a new Spend Management practice that expands its Business Optimization service offerings. Principal Brian E. Lee and Senior Manager Michael J. Zavertnik recently joined naviGATE to establish this practice area, which helps clients identify, obtain, and sustain cost savings associated with corporate spending.

"Spend Management falls right in line with our commitment to providing a comprehensive suite of business solutions for our clients, helping them reduce costs by leveraging their corporate spend and improving the supporting business process and technology," said Robert Kathol, Managing Partner. "Brian and Mike each bring with them significant experience helping companies improve operationally; we look forward to offering their Spend Management expertise to our clients."

naviGATE's Spend Management services address the entire procure-to-pay process to reduce costs, make more efficient use of current working capital, and improve underlying business processes and technology. This is accomplished through the use of a proven set of analytical, business process, and technology solutions in the areas of Spend Analysis, Strategic Sourcing, and Procure-to-Pay Optimization.

"I'm excited to join naviGATE, a firm that prides itself on a unique culture that directly translates to a more customized, meaningful, and impactful experience for its clients," said Brian Lee. "This was an ideal opportunity to collaborate with Managing Partner David Crossed, a longtime friend and colleague, and Founder Rob Kathol to help develop and grow a regionally focused management consulting firm."

At naviGATE, Lee is a member of the executive management team focused on helping the firm grow through the development of innovative solutions and new client relationships. With over 13 years of professional management consulting experience in business process improvement and enterprise technology, Lee most recently led the Spend Management practice at LECG (previously SMART Business Advisory & Consulting).  Lee's career has included consulting across a wide range of industries and solutions for global corporations; he began his career with Arthur Andersen's Business Consulting practice in Philadelphia. Lee earned a B.S. in Finance and International Business from the University of Delaware.

Senior Manager Michael Zavertnik, who brings more than 12 years of professional consulting experience to naviGATE, delivers process redesign and enterprise solutions to streamline and improve business processes.  He also specializes in enterprise software implementation and technology integration in the areas of procurement, finance, and operations.  Prior to joining naviGATE, Zavertnik was a Senior Manager in the Spend Management practice of LECG; he started his career at Arthur Andersen's Business Consulting practice. He earned a B.B.A. in Finance and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame.