FTI Consulting appoints Skip Walter as Chief Product Officer

17 February 2017 Consultancy.uk

FTI Consulting has added Skip Walter, the former founder and CEO of Attenex, which the firm acquired in 2008, as its Chief Product Officer in its Technology practice. The role will see Walters leverage his extensive experience in the e-discovery space to support the firm's clients across law and government with a range of fitting software propositions.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Skip Walter was the CEO of software firm CoPresence for just over a year. He was previously the Director of Innovation at The TAI Group, following a brief eight-month stint as Managing Director at startup Flipped. Walter was the CEO, and founder, of the Attenex Corporation for six years, from 2001 until 2007; the Vice President of Product Development at Primus Knowledge Solutions, from 1998 until 2000; the President and Founder of Personal Health Connections, from 1995 until 1998; the Vice President of Engineering at Aldus/Adobe, from 1992 until 1994; and a Director at Director Digital Equipment Corp/Software Services, where he worked for more than 13 years from 1976.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University. And was, between 2009 and 2013 Affiliate Faculty in Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington.

Skip Walter FTI

Walter joins FTI Technology, the firm’s technology segment, as its Chief Product Officer. The addition sees Walter return to a practice that traces its history back to his own hand – FTI Consulting acquired the Attenex Corporation, which developed e-discovery offerings, in 2008.

Walter’s new role at FTI will focus the design and development of the firm’s software offerings to law firms, corporations, government agencies and legal service providers, which includes software designed to process analyse and review data sets – across case assessment, investigation or e-discovery.

Bill Adams, a Senior Managing Director and Leader of the Ringtail business for FTI Technology, says, “Our mission is to reduce the time and expense of the discovery process. The addition of Skip to our team reinforces our commitment to our clients. Skip has a proven track record of delivering innovative software that leverages the latest advancements in machine learning and visual review.”

Walter says that he is “pleased” to join FTI Technology, adding, “From early case and data assessments to investigations and document review, legal teams around the globe rely daily on FTI Technology to help them conquer massive data volumes and demanding deadlines. The volume, complexity and global requirements of our diverse client base create exciting opportunities for delivering innovative new solutions to client challenges.”

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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Jen Speirs is set to take over from Alan Kelly as the Executive Creative Director of Accenture Interactive-owned agency Rothco. Speirs arrives as Kelly takes up the role of Chief Creative Officer at the firm.

Rothco is a full-service creative agency based in Dublin. Founded in 1995, the firm contains more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals located in Ireland’s capital city. The agency strategically plans, designs and produces powerful communications campaigns across Europe for numerous iconic brands, including Tesco, Heineken and Lyons. Internationally recognised for its prowess in the sector, Rothco notably found success at the Cannes Lions awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Such success inevitably drew the eye of Accenture during its extended spending spree to strengthen its digital design and advertising offerings, housed under the Accenture Interactive moniker. A year after purchasing Rothco, Accenture Interactive has since continued this push into the advertising space, acquiring New York and London-based agency Droga5 earlier this month, and adding illustrious clients such as HBO, Amazon and The New York Times to its roster of clients. Despite its purchase, Rothco has also been undergoing its own period of change, however.

With the news that long-term incumbent Alan Kelly had won a promotion from his position as Executive Creative Director (ECD), the agency commenced a hunt for his replacement. Kelly joined Rothco nine years ago as a Copywriter, and has now worked his way up to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Assuming that office, he will pass on his previous role to Jen Speirs, who exits BMF Australia, relocating half way around the world to fill the vacancy.

Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

Speirs was appointed BMF’s Deputy Executive Creative Director in March 2018, having joined BMF as a creative director in 2016 from her previous role at Foxtel, where she was a Freelance Creative Director. Following her arrival at BMF, she worked across brands such as McDonald’s, Carefree, Arnott’s, Berlei, TAL, Bonds, BWS, UN Women and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, while her work has picked up awards at NY Festivals, Clio, AWARD, Cannes, Effies, Media Federation, Caples, and Spikes Asia. Speirs also worked at DDB Sydney as Creative Director for six years, with clients such as Telstra, Lipton and Johnson & Johnson.

Commenting on her new challenge, Speirs said, "When I look at a lot of Rothco's work, like JFK Unsilenced, the #takenotice breast cancer campaign on the Molly Malone Statue, Sleeping Flags – it all has that perfect combination of creativity, innovation and craft… So the opportunity to go and be a part of that, and work with the awesome people I’ve met so far, was far too good to say no to. I can’t wait to get over there and get stuck in.”

Remarking on Speirs’ arrival, Kelly added, "I am chuffed we have poached someone as incredibly talented as Jen Speirs. I think it’s a testament to the work we are doing in Rothco that we are attracting world-class talent like Jen to these shores. Jen is a super addition to the team as she is both gifted and decent, two qualities we always look for when we hire. I also may have told her that Dublin's weather is pretty much the same as Sydney's – hopefully, she hasn't fact-checked this yet."

Related: Accenture's push into the creative sector is an identity crisis.