New role creates additional practice alignment and brings broader solutions to financial institution clients
Today, Navigant (NYSE: NCI) announced Ellen Zimiles as the Firm’s Financial Risk & Compliance (FR&C) segment leader in addition to her position as the Global Investigations & Compliance (GIC) Practice leader within the FR&C segment.
By bringing Navigant’s consulting and compliance offerings to financial institutions under Zimiles’ direction, the Firm will provide a more leveraged and collaborative set of solutions for clients facing challenges related to market changes, regulatory compliance and risk, and the related operational challenges for financial institutions.
“This new leadership role demonstrates Navigant’s continued commitment to helping our clients succeed in building, managing and protecting their business by maximizing the expertise and capabilities we have resident in the company,” stated Lee Spirer, Executive Vice President & Global Business Leader. “Leveraging Ellen’s long-standing focus on serving financial institutions, her new position at the helm of our FR&C segment will allow us to broaden our impact on these complex organizations.”
Zimiles joined Navigant in 2010 through the acquisition of Daylight Forensic & Advisory, an international consulting firm where she was the founder and Chief Executive Officer. She has more than 30 years of litigation and investigation experience. Before starting Daylight Forensic & Advisory in 2006, she served as practice leader for the financial services industry at KPMG. Additionally, she coordinated the forensic practice across all industry segments during her KPMG tenure. Earlier in her career, Zimiles was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York for ten years, where she served in the civil and criminal divisions and was chief of the forfeiture unit for more than six years. During that time, Zimiles was responsible for many high-profile money laundering, fraud and forfeiture cases and received the United States Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Service and the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Integrity Award.
“I have seen Navigant’s FR&C segment grow and evolve during my tenure here. I am honored to leverage the deep industry expertise and unique capabilities of this expanded team to provide enhanced services to clients and broader opportunities to employees,” commented Zimiles.
Zimiles is a leading authority on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and her experience also includes the development of anti-money laundering programs, corporate governance, regulatory and corporate compliance, fraud control, and public corruption matters. She has worked with a multitude of financial institutions preparing for regulatory exams, developing remediation programs and assisting organizations as a regulatory liaison and serving as an independent monitor, as well as advising organizations that are the subject of a monitorship.