Press Release

Navigant Consulting Acquires The Bard Group

January 12, 2009 at 8:36 AM EST

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 12, 2009--Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:NCI), an international consulting firm providing dispute, investigative, operational, risk management and financial advisory solutions to legal counsel, government agencies and companies experiencing regulatory or structural challenges, announced today that it has acquired The Bard Group. The combination enhances Navigant Consulting's Healthcare practice, specifically in the area of provider integration strategy, service line development, and performance excellence.

"The Bard Group has achieved a commendable position as the nation's leading firm providing physician leadership and performance improvement services, and we are excited to have them join the Navigant Consulting team," stated David Zito, Managing Director of Navigant Consulting's Healthcare practice. "Increasingly, healthcare provider organizations are realizing that partnering with their physicians is critical to their organization's long-term strategic and operational success. The combination with The Bard Group allows us to provide new and expanded capabilities for organizations to engage physicians in identifying and implementing strategic and performance improvement opportunities."

"The Bard Group's focus is reinventing physician hospital relationships, and physician relationships are at the core of what we do," stated Marc Bard, MD, CEO and Founder. "As a physician-led team, we can help engage physicians and make certain that strategic and operational opportunities are realized. By joining Navigant Consulting, we are going to be able to craft service offerings which are beyond what any other consulting firm has to offer."

Founded in 1997, The Bard Group is a Boston based healthcare consulting firm that serves the needs of executives and Boards of academic medical centers, faculty practices, community hospitals, and physician groups with programs and tools that are uniquely designed to ensure physician engagement in the implementation of strategic initiatives, clinical programs and performance improvement programs. The Bard Group's approximately 25 professional consultants are physician leaders and healthcare executives who specialize in helping organizations work closely with physicians and physician groups to achieve operational and performance goals. Additional information about The Bard Group may be found at

Navigant Consulting's Healthcare practice assists organizations throughout the continuum of care: providers, payers and life science companies. Their focus is to help clients achieve profitable growth, operate efficiently, deploy capital effectively, and proactively manage risk. Navigant Consulting's approximately 400 healthcare professionals include individuals with experience as hospital, health plan, physician group, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare financing program executives as well as MDs, PhDs, RNs, Pharma Ds, CPAs, coding and reimbursement experts, and other clinical professionals.

Additional transaction details were not disclosed.

About Navigant Consulting

Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized independent consulting firm providing dispute, financial, regulatory and operational advisory services to government agencies, legal counsel and large companies facing the challenges of uncertainty, risk, distress and significant change. The Company focuses on industries undergoing substantial regulatory or structural change including healthcare, energy and financial and insurance services, and on the issues driving these transformations. "Navigant" is a service mark of Navigant International, Inc.Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NCI) is not affiliated, associated, or in any way connected with Navigant International, Inc. and NCI's use of "Navigant" is made under license from Navigant International, Inc. More information about Navigant Consulting can be found at

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CONTACT: Navigant Consulting, Inc.Jennifer Moreno Executive Director, Investor Relations 312.573.5634

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