Professional services firm FTI Consulting has in recent weeks made two senior appointments. Blanca Perea Solano has been hired by the Spanish arm of FTI as a Managing Director and Leader of the firm’s Spanish Energy Practice, while Sophie Ross, who has been with the firm since 2008, has been promoted to Global Leader of the firm’s Technology segment.
Sophie Ross joined FTI Consulting in 2008 following the firm’s acquisition of litigation discovery industry frim Strategic Discovery, where she was the Chief Operating Officer. Since joining the firm, she founded the firm’s Acuity Document Review business, which has since grown into a global operation, and held the role of Leader of the Technology practice for the US Western Region. Previously, between 2003 and 2007, she was an Executive Vice President for Global Delivery & Operations at IT consulting, technology and outsourcing services firm Freeborders. Earlier in her career she held a various leadership roles at, Revlon, MacAndrews & Forbes, and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Ross holds a degree in Engineering from Tel Aviv University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She is a Board Member and Treasurer of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, and sits on its Chair of Governance Committee; and is on a Global Steering Committee Leader for FTI Women’s Initiative.
FTI’s appointment sees Ross become the Global Chief Executive Officer of the firm’s Technology segment. In addition, she takes a position on the firm’s Technology Steering Committee and its Executive Committee. She is tasked with furthering the firm’s propositions across industries, as well as expanding its presence in increasingly important areas such as digital strategy and information governance, in the face of growing focus on digitisation and cybercriminal activity.
Commenting on Ross’ promotion, Steven Gunby, President and Chief Executive Officer of FTI Consulting, says, “Sophie is an incredibly sharp, experienced technology operator. More exciting for me, she is a terrific leader, one who loves collaborating with the technology teams and has incredible enthusiasm about where we can take this business going forward.”
Ross says that she is “honoured” to take the role, adding, “We have long had a leading role in e-discovery, one that I think we can advance significantly. This is an exciting time to be collaborating with colleagues to take this firm forward, and I very much look forward to it.”
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Blanca Perea Solano worked as a Partner at Spanish boutique financial services consultancy Bluecap Management Consulting, which she joined in 2014. Previously, she served PwC, latterly as a Director in the firm’s Energy Practice. Earlier in her career, Solano worked for COGEN Spain and CERN, the world's largest particle-physics laboratory based in Geneva, where she started in 1999.
Solano holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Physics from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and a Global Executive Master of Business Administration (GEMBA) in Business from Georgetown University – The McDonough School of Business.
Brining more than 15 years of experience in the energy sector, Solano is charged with leading FTI’s Energy arm in Spain, as well as providing clients with advisory services related to regulatory, strategic, technological and financial matters. The energy landscape is facing major change, both globally and in Europe, including the need to operate in an environment of low oil prices, the growing pressure to transform energy generation away from fossil fuels to renewable and green energy, rising M&A activity and the growing decentralisation of energy production and distribution.
Sergio Vélez, Head of FTI Consulting in Spain, says, “As well as securing Blanca’s top-level experience and knowledge, this appointment underpins our expansion plan in Spain, which is largely focused on providing specialist advisory services through the combination of prestigious global experts and local teams. This approach allows us to harness all the capabilities, resources and technical, jurisdictional and regulatory knowledge the firm has to offer.”