Navigant expands into Australia with Sydney and Perth offices

05 April 2018

Global professional services group Navigant has expanded its consulting capacities into Australia. Sydney and Perth will host two new offices for the firm’s Construction arm, as the firm continues its campaign of international expansion.

Businesses across all industries are experiencing a sustained period of change thanks to growing challenges relating to digital innovation, and rapidly evolving regulatory burdens. Countries across the world are presently working to meet new demands from the Paris Climate Agreement, a number of nations are preparing for life after combustion engine-based transportation, meaning many governments are also engaged in infrastructural overhauls. Amid this environment, the global consulting industry is experiencing rapid growth, as public and private clients seek external advice on how best to navigate multiple changes.

Navigant specialises in transformational change for clients primarily in the healthcare, energy, and financial services industries. As a result, the global professional services firm has been undergoing a period of international expansion over the course of the last year, amid a spike in demand from businesses and governments alike.

In November, Navigant has acquired Quorum Consulting for an undisclosed fee. The San Franciscan firm was added to Navigant’s life sciences practice, which is looking to expand its market footprint. Meanwhile, the firm added two senior energy experts to its Energy practice in Europe. Jan-Willem Bode joined as a Director in the UK, while fellow Dutchman Bertil Heerink was appointed a Director in the Netherlands at Navigant’s subsidiary Ecofys.

Now, Navigant has announced the expansion of its global Construction practice (GCP) into Australia, with new offices in Perth and Sydney. Navigant’s global Construction practice, a practice within the company’s Disputes, Forensics, and Legal Technology (DFLT) segment, is another step in expanding Navigant’s global advisory services work for high-stakes legal and regulatory matters.

Navigant expands into Australia with Sydney and Perth offices

Navigant’s global Construction practice experienced a positive 2017, being named Construction Expert Witness Firm of the Year in 2017 by Who’s Who Legal, while 20 Navigant Construction practice Directors and Managing Directors were recently identified as leading experts for the construction industry by Who’s Who Legal 2018. Navigant’s new offices will look to build on this, consisting of experts in the company’s construction industry disputes and advisory practice and will provide competencies in the areas of commercial, contract, and program management services to all sectors of the construction industry.

Lee Spirer, Executive Vice President and Chief Growth and Transformation Officer said of the new locations, “Our formal expansion to add Australian offices is a great example of our commitment to investing and growing where there is sustainable demand from our clients as we have been working intensely there with global construction clients for years. We are excited to continue our growth on a new continent.”

Darin L. Buchalter Managing Director and Navigant’s global Construction practice leader added, “The growth of our presence in Asia-Pacific further strengthens our ability to support our global clients and bring enhanced value to the regional market. The global Construction practice provides expert and advisory services on the world’s most complex capital projects and will be the foundation to provide a full range of DFLT services.”

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US change management consultancy opens office in London

23 April 2019

One year after UK consultancy Thought Provoking Consulting invested in American change management firm Change 4 Growth, it has opened its first international office in the UK. Change 4 Growth’s new London locale will see the company look to supply organisational transformation solutions crafted over the last several years in the US to British clients.

Specialising in transformational change, American retail boutique consultancy Change 4 Growth (C4G) offers an expansive range of services. This includes organisational change management, culture alignment and engagement, leadership development, training and e-learning and recruitment of staff support. Well-known retail brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Chico’s, Eddie Bauer and Ann Taylor are already among C4G’s clients, but since receiving investment from Thought Provoking Consulting in early 2018, the company has been keen to pursue expansion of its own.

Speaking at the time of the deal, Beth Thomas, CEO of C4G, commented, "I’m so excited to be working with Thought Provoking Consulting... The move will allow us to tap into a breadth of retail expertise and help our clients find solutions that are critical in this age in areas such as pricing, promotions, planning, product development and supply chain."

US change management consultancy opens office in London

In 2019, this has seen the Ohio-headquartered consultancy announce the opening of its first international office in London. Led by UK native and Managing Director, David Lucas, the base in Britain’s capital will bring the firm’s holistic service to clients in Europe looking deal with change at every level within their organisations.

Commenting via his LinkedIn profile, Lucas said, “At a time of huge technological upheaval, the importance of organisational and cultural change, married with operational speed and agility, has never been greater. Achieving that balance between people, process and technology for the digital era is the burning platform for most organisations…The C4G team… offers a spectrum of change and re-alignment capabilities and can bring proven approaches, methodologies and solutions to support the UK market.”

In the US, C4G has been able to tap into the fact that disengagement and unhappiness at work have become an epidemic across multiple sectors, resulting in poor business performance and bottom line results. With the UK’s high streets currently faltering due to an influx of e-commerce competition, Brexit pressures, and stagnating real wages, C4G will likely also find fertile ground for its retail-focused transformation services on both sides of the Atlantic.

Remarking on the firm’s arrival ‘across the pond’, Thomas concluded, “Many of our clients are global organisations who have facilities and employees around the world, and as an avid admirer of Britain’s innovative retail community, it has long been my intention to open a C4G office in the UK… With David Lucas, who brings a proven track record of transformational change at the helm and our sister company, Thought Provoking Consulting… we’re more excited than ever to explore the synergies to be discovered in having a UK powerhouse to support not only the retail sector but all industries.”