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Navigant Expands Global Energy Practice to Provide Broader Scope of Services to the Oil and Gas Industry

October 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM EDT

Senior hires expand upstream, midstream and downstream global expertise

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 9, 2014-- Today, Navigant (NYSE: NCI) announced that it has expanded its service offerings for oil and gas clients through the recent hire of five senior industry professionals. The addition of these professionals brings enhanced strategy development and implementation, capital program management, asset management and operational excellence expertise into the firm. The enhanced capabilities build upon Navigant’s well-established proprietary market intelligence and strategic insight services and provide a full scope of services, including management consulting, disputes and investigation, economics and construction services in the oil and gas industry to help clients solve their most pressing business challenges.

“Our clients across the oil and gas industry are looking to us more and more for guidance in getting the most out of their capital investments and network of assets,” said Jan Vrins, Managing Director and leader of Navigant’s Global Energy practice. “By adding best-in-class capabilities and expertise in this area, across multiple geographies, we have strengthened our offering as well as our ability to deliver innovative solutions to our oil and gas clients. “We are extremely pleased to have these talented and highly regarded professionals join our team.”

Navigant’s Global Energy practice is recognized for providing clients with proprietary market insight and developing differentiated strategies. Navigant’s Oil & Gas practice has deep industry expertise in natural gas, crude oil, pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, refining and petrochemicals. Navigant was named “Consultancy of the Year, 2012 – Gulf Coast Region” by the Oil & Gas Awards, and has been integrally involved with the LNG export application process for its clients in both the United States and Canada. Additionally, Navigant’s NG Market Notes has been providing industry insight for more than a decade.

“The addition of these senior oil and gas professionals to Navigant’s Energy business underscores the Firm’s focus on delivering broader and more innovative solutions to our clients,” says Lee Spirer, Executive Vice President and Global Business Leader for Navigant.

These senior experts include:

Lee Laviolette, Managing Director, Houston, TX

Laviolette is responsible for leading Navigant’s Oil & Gas practice. He has more than 30 years of strategy, operations, commercial and technical experience across all oil and gas sectors as well as metals and mining industries. The early part of his career was spent in various technical and operating roles in Exxon and Total. He has worked with clients to transform their global operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and China.

Walter Pesenti, Managing Director, Los Angeles, CA

Pesenti is an expert in driving operational excellence, asset management and capital project programs for oil and gas clients. His extensive global experience assessing, developing and implementing operations, asset management and capital projects transformations has reduced risk exposure and delivered major cost savings for downstream, chemical and upstream companies. Prior to joining Navigant, he spent more than 25 years focused on the downstream and petrochemicals markets at Exxon Mobil, Shell and BP.

Nick Allen, Director, London, England

Allen has more than 25 years of strategy, operations, and commercial experience in industry and consulting. Most recently, he spent 15 years at Shell, serving in a variety of senior global, regional and local leadership roles across the downstream value chains, and has an established a track record of revitalizing existing oil and gas businesses, as well as building new ones, in both North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Katherine Chance, Director, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Chance works with oil and gas companies to help them achieve their strategic and operational agendas while effectively and sustainably meeting global energy demand. She focuses on LNG, Midstream and the Western Canadian Exploration & Production market, and has significant experience of working with oil and gas organizations in Western Canada and the U.K.

Gajan Sritharan, Director, London, England

Sritharan has more than 16 years of experience leading large, multi-disciplinary teams in delivering complex transformation programs in the oil and gas sector. He specializes in helping clients define and deliver broad-ranging strategic, operational and commercial business improvement programs.

For more information about Navigant’s Global Energy practice, go to

About Navigant

Navigant (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global expert services firm dedicated to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the face of critical business risks and opportunities. Enhanced by senior level engagement with clients, Navigant professionals provide services that extend from expert and advisory work through implementation and outsourcing. The firm combines deep technical expertise in Disputes and Investigations, Economics, Financial Advisory and Management Consulting, with business pragmatism to address clients’ needs in highly regulated industries including Construction, Energy, Financial Services and Healthcare. More information about Navigant can be found at

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