FTI Consulting appoints new Managing Director to head technology practice

05 December 2018 Consultancy.in

FTI Consulting has announced the appointment of a new Senior Managing Director for its India practice. Amit Jaju will be based out of the firm’s Mumbai office and will lead the firm’s technology practice, with a primary focus in the increasingly demanding domain of forensic sciences.

Advisory services in the field of forensic sciences are becoming increasingly central in India’s economy, which has led a number of consulting firms – including all the Big Four accounting and advisory firms – to develop their talent in the domain. FTI Consulting has now become the latest to take action in this direction.

Amit Jaju is a highly experienced professional in the forensic technology department, and has a portfolio that includes some of the most illustrious advisory firms in the world. Academically, he holds a Masters in Technology, Information Technology & Enterprise Systems from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Having subsequently obtained an MBA, Jaju began his professional career as an Associate Consultant at Paladion Networks, where he worked for just under a year. He then joined Big Four firm KPMG, where he spent nearly four years during which time he ascended to the position of Manager for Forensic Sciences.

FTI Consulting appoints new Managing Director to head technology practice

Since 2010, Jaju has been engaged at global professional services firm EY, where he has made his way to the position of Partner & Head of Forensic Technology as well as the Markets Leader for Analytics, Cyber and SAM for the region of Europe, Middle East, India and Asia. 

He now takes over as a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, where he will also head the Forensic Technology department. Based out of the Mumbai office, he is expected to boost FTI’s offerings not only in forensics technology, but also in e-discovery and data analytics across the Indian market.

Commenting on his appointment, Global CEO at FTI Sophie Ross said, “Demand for trusted advisors with deep expertise in cross-border electronic discovery, global digital forensic investigations and data analytics is growing rapidly worldwide. The firm’s Technology segment is expanding to accommodate our clients’ needs across a broad range of challenges and jurisdictions. As our new leader in India, Amit further enhances our ability to serve clients regionally and across the globe.”

Jaju himself added, “Worldwide, FTI Technology has a reputation for specialized expertise in areas that bring the most risk to large, multi-national corporations,” Mr. Jaju said. “In India, these companies need support navigating a range of issues, including compliance, remediation, regulatory disputes and financial crime. I look forward to bringing my expertise in large, complex cross-border matters to help our clients mitigate risk and protect their most valuable assets.”

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PwC appoints Padmaja Alaganandan as new Chief People Officer in India

19 April 2019 Consultancy.in

Global professional services firm PwC has appointed a new Chief People Officer (CPO) for its India practice. The firm’s Technology Lead Padmaja Alaganandan, who has been with PwC for a continuous spell of eight years since 2011, will take over from incumbent CPO Jagjit Singh.

Having graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Alaganandan began her professional career at PwC in 2000. She joined Strategy&’s Change Consulting Practice, where she worked for three years and eventually rose to the rank of Principal Consultant before moving to Mercer in 2005.

At Mercer, she began as a Principal Consultant for Human Capital and made her way up to the position of Business Leader for Human Capital at Mercer Consulting. She rejoined PwC in 2011, and has been a Partner at the firm in addition to leading the firm’s Technology and Advisory segments.

PwC appoints Padmaja Alaganandan as new Chief People Officer in India

Her role as CPO at PwC is informed by her previous experience as a Leader of PwC’s People and Organisation Consulting practice. She takes the helm of PwC’s people management activities at a time when talent management and development is increasingly crucial in firms across India.

As firms across the country begin to digitalise, there is not only the demand to foster an environment and spirit of innovation amongst the country’s business environment, but also to equip professionals with the skills required to work in collaboration with machines and technology.

Major professional services firms such as PwC are under particular pressure to live up to these changes, given their role in facilitating the digital transformation of their clients’ organisation, which extends to the development of skills amongst their workforce.

Alaganandan has expressed the importance of fostering an enabling environment within PwC as well, specifying that “:Building a wellbalanced and inclusive workforce is key to our business. She takes over the role of CPO from Jagjit Singh, who has held the position for nearly five years now.