Ankura appoints Vince Stewart as head of inclusion

15 November 2021 2 min. read
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Management consulting firm Ankura has appointed Vince Stewart as its first chief inclusion and innovation officer.

Stewart, a retired lieutenant general in the US Marine Corps, will be responsible for leading the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. He will also continue to drive Ankura’s innovative technology capabilities and solutions.

The Washington, DC-based firm says the appointment underscores its commitment to equity and its “recognition that an inclusive and diverse working environment drives innovation, growth, and high-quality results for clients.”

Stewart joined Ankura in August 2020 as chief innovation and business intelligence officer. Prior to that, Stewart had spent nearly four decades in the US Marine Corps, retiring in 2019. His final role was as deputy commander of US Cyber Command, overseeing 10,000 personnel with direct responsibility for securing the Department of Defense’s information network – which includes 3 million users in 140 countries.Ankura appoints Vince Stewart as head of inclusionBefore that, Stewart was the first Black man and Marine to serve as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. In the role, Stewart was responsible for delivering intelligence on the military capabilities of adversaries and providing threat and intel briefings to the president and Congress.

He also previously served as commanding general of Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace and director of intelligence for HQ Marine Corps.

Stewart holds a master's degrees in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, a master’s degree in national resource strategy from National Defense University, and a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University.

“Vince is a proven and highly-respected leader at Ankura and throughout our global client base – and he is the right person to take on this important, enterprise-wide leadership position,” said Kevin Lavin, CEO of Ankura. “Inclusion is a shared responsibility across our entire leadership team, and Vince’s new role reinforces our commitment to clients and our colleagues in aligning diversity and business strategy.”

Ankura has more than 1,500 employees in 34 global offices. The firm focuses on corporate performance and risk management – providing consulting services across compliance, investigations, forensics, technology, turnaround and restructuring, and corporate strategy.

“Ankura’s culture is unique and it is enriched by the diversity of our people, and I’m honored to take on this additional leadership responsibility and help continue to move strategies and solutions forward that align equity and businesses strategies,” Stewart said. “I am excited to expand our approach to all aspects of diversity and to solidify Ankura’s position as a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion.”