Ankura promotes 14 to senior managing director

03 February 2020 5 min. read
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Management consultancy Ankura announced the promotion of 14 professionals to the level of senior managing director.

"We are fortunate to have such a deep bench of senior leaders who embody Ankura's core values of collaboration, inclusion and excellence," said Kevin Lavin, CEO of Ankura. "Our strong position in the market today is a direct reflection of our talented, dedicated professionals and the diverse perspectives they bring to our clients. We are proud to announce these well-deserved promotions."

Israel Almodovar (Construction Disputes and Advisory, Phoenix, AZ) has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He specializes in providing expert witness and advisory services on domestic and international construction projects in the areas of schedule delay, cost overruns, and other project management issues.

Amanda Jo Amadon (Construction Disputes and Advisory, Washington, DC) has over 20 years of construction industry experience. She advises on construction projects in the areas of planning and scheduling, as well as other project management issues.

Merrill Strobel Bohren (Strategy and Performance, Nashville, TN) has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare sector-focused growth strategies, infrastructure scaling, planning and execution, technology strategy, and merger and acquisition integration. She guides clients through complex programs from inception to completion, and focuses on aligning teams to drive and sustain results.

Ankura promotes 14 to senior managing director

Gina Ciavarro (Information Technology, Washington, DC) is the firm’s chief information security officer. She has nearly a decade of experience in developing and executing information security strategies.

Nicholas DeLuca (Disputes and Economics, Washington, DC) has more than 14 years of experience in data analytics in the context of litigation, mass torts, and economic analysis. He leads a team of data scientists across a wide variety of consulting engagements, acting as both a project manager and a technical expert.

Toshi Dezaki (Construction Disputes and Advisory, Washington, DC) has 20 years of national and international consulting experience in construction and government contracting issues. Toshi provides project advisory services during the course of construction and also analyzes and reviews construction claims post-project completion in mediation, arbitration, and trial.

Thomas Emmons (Turnaround and Restructuring, New York, NY) has more than 10 years of experience advising and leading large IT organizations through periods of internal transition, acquisition, and divestiture. He specializes in the development and implementation of operating and strategic plans, consolidation of systems and costs, and restructuring of IT job functions.

Sena Gbedemah (Construction Disputes and Advisory, London, UK) has extensive expertise reviewing underperforming capital projects and analyzing project delays as a programming/delay expert. He has given evidence as an expert witness in mediation and dispute boards and testified in numerous arbitrations.

Prashant Lamba (Information Technology, Washington, DC) has more than a decade of experience in program management, product engineering, consulting, strategy, and technology. He has extensive expertise building and leading large cross-functional teams globally to define product strategies, build road maps, and deliver systems.

Angela McDanal (Disputes and Economics, Washington, DC) has more than 12 years of experience providing expert services support in the field of litigation and disputes. McDanal’s areas of expertise include big data analytics, complex pattern recognition, and predictive modeling.

Christopher Nutter (Construction Disputes and Advisory, Seattle, WA) has extensive experience in forensic analysis of defective construction, evaluation of architectural standard of care claims, and opining in disputes involving water intrusion, mold, construction error, design error, product defect, and performance. His work includes technical analyses of design and construction processes, and performance for corporations, contractors, developers, municipalities, design firms, and insurers.

Diane Quick (Data and Technology, New York, NY) has over 15 years of experience with eDiscovery enterprise management, data analytics, and legal technology. Diane advises on strategy, design, implementation, and enforcement of litigation matter management protocols, working with numerous Amlaw 100 firms and Fortune 500 companies.

Jed Smith (Disputes and Economics, Washington, DC) has deep expertise in healthcare sector disputes and forensics. He focuses on performing complex data analysis for disputes and investigations for pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, providers, and payers – including damages calculations and complex forensic data analytics assistance in defending government investigations and preparing self-disclosures.

Ryan Tabor (Strategy and Performance, Nashville, TN) has 20 years of experience, and specializes in leading strategic initiatives and programs that result in significant change. He advises clients on large, complex, and politically-sensitive projects that span multiple business lines and units, bringing expertise in due diligence, enterprise process optimization, talent management, and acquisition integration, among other areas.