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Navigant Announces Managing Director Promotions

December 21, 2016 at 9:30 AM EST

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 21, 2016-- Today, Navigant (NYSE: NCI) announced the promotion of 11 professionals to managing director.

“We congratulate these leaders, who have served clients with tenacity, integrity, and excellence. By leading with purpose, they have found innovative solutions to complex challenges that make a meaningful impact for our clients,” said Julie Howard, chairman and chief executive officer. “Each of these professionals is recognized for their knowledge, strategic counsel, and leadership in the market. They are an important part of Navigant’s success, and we look forward to their continued contributions.”

Disputes, Forensics, and Legal Technology:  

John Byrne, Philadelphia, Pa.

Byrne has more than 15 years of Navigant experience consulting within the construction sector for a wide variety of client needs. He has extensive experience in delivering large, complex engagements in the oil and gas, power, and heavy civil industries, and has successfully managed project teams on numerous multimillion dollar consulting engagements on multibillion dollar construction projects in the U.S. and international markets. Byrne joined Navigant from the construction industry, where he managed many large, successful projects for both contractors and owners in the heavy civil and petroleum markets. He is regularly involved in our clients’ active construction programs, providing advice and guidance surrounding risk management and mitigation efforts.

J. Mark Farrar, Atlanta, Ga.

Farrar joined Navigant in 2008 and he currently advises clients globally on complex issues such as financial accounting investigations, white-collar crime, off-label marketing allegations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters, False Claims Act damage calculations, violations of the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute, embezzlements, sales and marketing compliance, global transparency laws and regulations, as well as various auditing and monitoring assessments. For the past year, Farrar has been serving as the interim global chief compliance officer for a major medical device and diagnostics company, where he has helped to build the compliance program and establish a global compliance team.


Benjamin Grunfeld, Toronto, Ontario

Grunfeld is a trusted adviser to senior leaders across the energy sector value chain globally, including utilities, independent power companies, manufacturers, regulators, and governments. Since 2012, Grunfeld has been a leading member of Navigant’s Global Energy segment in Canada, and has worked to grow the Canadian business by over 30 percent annually in each of the past three years. Grunfeld has consulting project experience in the areas of strategy and operations, mergers and acquisitions, project development and finance, regulatory economics, as well as energy market and energy policy design. He is a recognized expert on the energy sector in Canada and has served as an expert witness in regulatory and civil matters.

Constantin von Wentzel, Burlington, Mass.

Von Wentzel joined Navigant in 2006 and has nearly 20 years of manufacturing strategy and technical cost modeling experience. Currently, he leads the Energy practice’s efforts in technology testing and evaluation. He directs value engineering studies and manufacturability evaluations to estimate the manufacturing costs of components, products, and systems to determine least-cost design solutions. Von Wentzel is the founder of Navigant’s test facility in Woburn, MA, where his team performs laboratory tests on systems and components used in buildings and industry to support the development of new test methods and performance standards, and to calibrate analytical models of product performance.

Gregory Wikler, San Francisco, Calif.

Wikler has more than 30 years of experience consulting in the energy sector, including the last three years at Navigant. His work has focused on demand-side resources, including energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation, and smart grid programs for the electric and gas industries. During his career, Wikler has conducted national, regional, and utility-specific market potential studies, technology assessments, program designs, economic assessments, and evaluation studies. His major clients include a number of electric and gas utilities and regulatory agencies throughout North America. In addition, he advises a number of foreign governments on demand-side strategies.

Financial Services, Advisory, and Compliance:

Kevin Caulfield, New York, N.Y.

Caulfield has more than 15 years of experience in Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance, and has led large teams of professionals in performing monitorships, regulatory compliance gap analysis, and risk assessments of both domestic and foreign financial institutions. He also has helped design AML policies, procedures, and training programs for multiple large financial service companies. Prior to joining Navigant, Caulfield was a director in a Big Four accounting firm, where he provided BSA/AML services to financial institutions, as well as performed forensic accounting reviews and fraud investigations regarding the misappropriation of assets.

Patrick McArdle, New York, N.Y.

With 20 years of experience in regulatory compliance, consulting, and law enforcement, McArdle specializes in BSA and AML compliance, fraud prevention, and forensic accounting investigations. McArdle has been selected to act as co-manager of the monitor team chosen by a regulatory agency to oversee a large financial institution. He is specifically tasked with the validation of the institution’s AML transaction-monitoring program and systems, as well as its sanctions program. Additionally, he leads a project on behalf of federal and state prosecutors’ offices ensuring a financial institution adheres to its deferred prosecution agreements. Prior to joining Navigant, McArdle was a senior special investigator for enforcement at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Timothy Mueller, New York, N.Y.

Mueller is a member of Navigant’s Global Investigations and Compliance practice. He leads the technology and data analytics team, which focuses on assisting clients with selection, implementation, and review of AML and sanctions screening technology platforms. His team works with clients to: evaluate systems governance; review risk coverage for transaction monitoring detection scenarios and sanctions name-matching algorithms; perform system tuning to maximize effectiveness while minimizing false positives; perform model validation projects for AML and sanctions systems; and support data handling and analytics for large scale file and transaction reviews.


Ravi Degun, London, UK

Degun has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare and life sciences consulting and R&D. His main areas of focus are R&D and commercial strategy, market access/pricing and reimbursement, real-world data. In addition he focuses on non-interventional studies for major and emerging biological, pharmaceutical, and medical-device companies, government, and the European healthcare sector. His background is in medical research focusing on virology and immunology, and he spent four years at leading medical research institutes and hospitals including the Medical Research Council’s National Institute for Medical Research and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency.

Remi Kajogbola, Suwanee, Ga.

Kajogbola is a strategy-focused senior business leader with nearly three decades of experience in healthcare consulting. During his three years with Navigant, he has developed and led large, high-performance organizations to solve complex and strategic challenges across geographic regions. He is adept at providing clear direction and leadership in a changing environment, with a thorough understanding of the healthcare economics and market opportunities. Kajogbola currently plays a leading role in Navigant’s growth by leveraging solutions and collective experience to position the right experts and teams to address strategic and operational challenges for select highly effective provider clients.

Anne Smart, New York, N.Y.

Smart has more than 20 years of global leadership experience across the healthcare industry gained from management positions in biopharmaceuticals, hospital administration, and strategy consulting. Since 2012, she has been a leading member of Navigant’s Life Sciences practice and has leveraged her clinical background, industry, and provider-side experience to transform Navigant’s market position in the medtech industry. Smart currently supports medical device, diagnostic, and health technology companies by developing innovative market access strategies in both established and emerging markets. She also has extensive experience in advising global medtech and private equity companies in connection with business transactions and commercial due diligence efforts.

About Navigant

Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global professional services firm that helps clients take control of their future. Navigant’s professionals apply deep industry knowledge, substantive technical expertise, and an enterprising approach to help clients build, manage, and/or protect their business interests. With a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change and significant regulatory or legal pressures, the firm primarily serves clients in the healthcare, energy, and financial services industries. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and technology/analytics services, Navigant’s practitioners bring sharp insight that pinpoints opportunities and delivers powerful results. More information about Navigant can be found at

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