Pamela Parizek joins Kroll as leader of financial investigations in North America

15 January 2021 3 min. read

Pamela Parizek has joined Kroll, the risk management subsidiary of consulting firm Duff & Phelps, as a managing director and head of the financial investigations practice in North America. She is based in Washington, DC.

In her new role at Kroll, Parizek will oversee a team of experts in forensic accounting, data analytics, and financial crime who investigate fraud, bribery, corruption, and money laundering allegations. The firm’s financial investigators provide litigation support to lawyers, deliver expertise in fraud and money laundering to financial institutions and regulators, and conduct forensic audits of government institutions for multinational organizations such as the World Bank and IMF.

Parizek brings more than 30 years of experience advising on complex accounting, legal, and regulatory matters. In the last decade, Parizek has led over 100 engagements in 30 countries, including numerous cross-border bribery and corruption investigations.

She has developed anti-corruption training programs, risk assessments, compliance audits, due diligence procedures, and remediation plans for clients across the globe. Parizek has also conducted forensic accounting investigations in a wide range of areas, including overstatement of revenue and misappropriation of assets.

Pamela Parizek, Managing Director, Kroll

"The current economic climate, coupled with a rapidly shifting regulatory and corporate landscape, will test the ability of corporates and financial institutions to efficiently and effectively detect, prevent, and remediate financial crime and malfeasance. There is no one better than Pam to help our clients accomplish that goal,” said Richard Plansky, managing director and North American leader of the business intelligence and investigations practice at Kroll.

“Pam is a true leader in her field, and her appointment is a fitting statement of our commitment to build and grow the most technologically-advanced and efficient financial investigations practice in our business,” Plansky added.

Parizek joins Kroll from management consultancy Treliant, where she spent the last two years as a managing director. Before that she spent two years as a managing director at The Claro Group. Between 2004 and 2016, Parizek was a partner at KPMG, where she led the firm’s Washington, DC forensics practice. She had a previous stint at Kroll from 2000 to 2004, serving as an associate managing director.

Prior to entering consulting, Parizek spent five years as senior counsel in the SEC’s enforcement division and four years as a lawyer at Lord, Bissell & Brook. She holds a JD from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

Duff & Phelps in 2018 acquired New York-based Kroll and its 900 risk management professionals, bolstering its global capabilities in governance, risk, investigations, and disputes. The New York-based financial consultancy further strengthened its dispute consulting expertise with the December addition of Blackrock Expert Services, a London-based consulting firm specializing in disputes and expert advisory for the construction industry.

Duff & Phelps has 4,000 professionals across 25 countries.