May 25, 2016
May 25, 2016, Washington, DC – Ankura Consulting Group (Ankura), a business advisory and expert services firm, announced today the appointment of Terrence S. Brody and Vincent M. Mekles to the firm’s recently launched Risk Advisory & Management practice. They will practice out of the firm’s New York and New Jersey offices.
“I’m pleased Terry and Vincent are a part of our growing Risk Advisory & Management practice,” said Senior Managing Director Marc-Philip Ferzan. “I have worked alongside them for a number of years and know they are uniquely talented in their ability to resolve difficult challenges in often complex environments of legal, regulatory and emergency management concerns. They will complement the skills of their team members and make significant contributions on their own to offer clients thoughtful counsel and strategic plans of action.”
Mr. Terrence Brody joins Ankura as Senior Managing Director with 15 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors tackling extraordinary challenges, from high-stakes litigation to multi-billion dollar natural disasters. He assists his clients with evaluating a broad array of vulnerabilities and emerging risks, developing innovative, cost-effective, and custom-tailored solutions, and assisting in project implementation. Most recently, Mr. Brody was appointed by the New Jersey Governor to a dual cabinet and senior staff position and charged with leading the central recovery office that coordinated all aspects of the multi-billion dollar disaster recovery effort following Hurricane Sandy.
Prior to his appointment by the Governor, Mr. Brody served on the New Jersey Attorney General’s executive team, where he oversaw more than 8,000 employees and ten divisions. In that role, he advised the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and cabinet on a wide variety of complex legal, regulatory, law enforcement and emergency management manners. He managed high-priority civil investigations and lawsuits, including securities fraud class actions, natural resource damage suits and consumer fraud actions. Mr. Brody also oversaw the implementation of key departmental initiatives, often leveraging state-of-the-art technologies that allowed the Department to operate more effectively and efficiently.
Mr. Vincent Mekles joins Ankura as Managing Director with nearly 10 years of experience across the public and private sectors advising executives and senior management on a range of diverse and complex matters. At Ankura, he evaluates the independent and interdependent environmental, technological, socioeconomic and regulatory risks facing critical facilities, private companies and government agencies. Based on these risk analyses, Mr. Mekles helps clients develop and oversee the implementation of targeted and practical risk reduction strategies that enhance resilience and maximize return on investment.
Prior to joining Ankura, Mr. Mekles served as Deputy Executive Director of the New Jersey’s Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding. He assisted with identifying storm impacts across the housing, economic, infrastructure, and health and social services sectors and developed programs and projects that layered different funding streams in order to holistically address New Jersey’s recovery needs. Many of the infrastructure initiatives incorporated innovative, cost-effective, compliant and implementable solutions that enhanced resilience of vulnerable assets. Prior to his public role, he was litigation associate at the law firm of Latham & Watkins, LLP where he focused on complex commercial litigations, corporate investigations, and employment and securities matters.
“The addition of Terry and Vincent to the practice is consistent with our focus on attracting team oriented professionals, of the highest character, as we build our firm,” said Philip Daddona, Co-President of Ankura. “Terry and Vincent have been tested in extreme circumstances and delivered meaningful results. With Marc’s leadership and the combined resources of our growing team, we believe we can offer risk advisory and management expertise that is unrivaled in the industry.”