Global business advisory firm FTI Consulting has expanded its team in Australia with four senior professionals. Robert Hadler joins as a Senior Advisor, Robert Skeffington joins as a Managing Director, Michael Morrison joins as a Senior Director and Steve Wright joins as a Director. All four consultants will join FTI’s Strategic Communications service line. Hadler and Wright will both be based in Melbourne, and Skeffington and Morrison will operate from the Sydney office.
Robert Hadler has an extensive track record of leading significant change communications initiatives and managing high-profile issues. His experience spans many industries while serving in senior roles at Coles Supermarkets, AWB Limited, National Australia Bank, Goodman Fielder, The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, National Farmers Federation, and as a former Canberra-based economics and London correspondent at The Australian newspaper. In his new role at FTI Consulting, Hadler will advise clients on reputation management at local, national and global levels, as well as lead complex stakeholder engagement projects.
Robert Skeffington specialises in advising clients on among others stakeholder management, corporate communications, employee engagement and crisis management, and is highly regarded for his ability to embed public affairs into business strategy. He joins FTI Consulting after serving as a Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company for the past six years. In his new role, he will help to further strengthen FTI Consulting’s Public Affairs and Corporate Communications practices in Australia, as well as lead international client engagements.
Steve Wright brings a background in industry leadership and business strategy to FTI Consulting. His expertise includes corporate communications, public affairs, capital markets communications, as well as bankruptcy and restructuring communications. Prior to FTI Consulting, he served as Executive Director of the Franchise Council of Australia and as The (Melbourne) Herald Sun's Chief Political Reporter. Wright has advised on some of Australia’s largest corporate transactions and will bring that experience to FTI Consulting, where in his new role he will advise clients undergoing significant moments of change, including mergers, restructurings and privatisations.
Michael Morrison brings more than 20 years of financial markets experience across a wide range of industries including equities, investment banking, strategic advisory, funds management, investor relations and communications. He has worked with a diverse group of both private and public companies across a number of sectors and geographies. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Morrison served as Head of Equities Research at RBS Australia (formerly ABN AMRO Australia). In his new role, he will serve as a senior member of the Financial Communications practice team in Australia, helping corporate leaders navigate moments of transition, deliver a consistent and credible message to the market, and cultivate a stable, aligned and growing shareholder base.
“We are extremely fortunate to have attracted such a strong group of individuals to our team over the past few months,” says Paul Downie, Senior Managing Director in the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting. “These additions further bolster our ongoing commitment to provide our clients with top-quality strategic communications advice throughout Australia and our global network.”
Recently FTI Consulting also expanded its London-based Strategic Communications team with the appointment of Alex Deane, who joined from public relations firm Weber Shandwick.