H+K Strategies appoints Nan Dong in Hong Kong & China, joins from FTI

26 September 2018 Consultancy.asia

Nan Dong, a Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Hong Kong office, has left the firm to join PR giant Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where she has been handed a dual leadership role.

The seasoned professional brings more than 20 years of experience to her new employer, where she has been appointed Managing Director of its Hong Kong office and Financial Communications Practice Director for China. The global public relations and integrated communications agency, founded in 1927, has been active in Hong Kong on the ground since 2008, when it acquired a majority ownership of the Hong Kong-based Rikes Communications. In China, Asia’s largest economy by a distance, the firm beefed up its presence in 2010 when it opened three new offices in the country.

Commenting on the appointment of Dong, who is a Chinese national and a native Mandarin and Cantonese speaker, Vivian Lines, Chairman of H+K Asia Pacific said, “We are delighted that Nan is joining H+K as our new Managing Director of Hong Kong. She brings a wealth of communications and leadership experience and we are confident that her deep knowledge, paired with her proven ability to drive growth, will help us achieve our ambitions for the business in Hong Kong, as well as expanding Financial Communications across our China operations.”H+K Strategies appoints Nan Dong in Hong Kong & China, joins from FTIDong specialises in capital market communications, corporate communications, public relations, reputation management, investor relations and crisis management. Prior to working for FTI Consulting as a Managing Director, she held senior positions in a number of local and global PR and IR agencies – Golin, Strategic Financial Relations, Taylor Rafferty, and Ogilvy. Throughout her career, she has advised more than 90 companies over the years, highlighting her track record coupled with “outstanding communication and leadership skills in a multi-cultural environment” as her key talent differentiator towards clients. Clients she has served include organisations in the banking, property, telecom, pharmaceutical, online gaming, energy, aviation and logistics sectors.

Commenting on her new role, she said she is looking forward to the challenge, adding, “I am confident in the future of our business and believe that we have the potential to bring more value-added services to our clients and drive our performance to new heights.”

Hill+Knowlton Strategies’s Hong Kong office offers the firm’s full suite of services to clients. In China, the advisory firm has four offices, in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Locally, Dong’s appointment comes one month after Hill+Knowlton Strategies appointed Helen Gan to the newly created role of China Healthcare practice leader.

Globally, H+K Strategies has approximately 2,500 professionals across 80-plus offices in over 40 countries, generating revenues of between $350 and $400 million. The Strategic Communications segment of FTI Consulting, one of its main rivals, generates a revenue of around $200 million. FTI’s service portfolio is however much broader – the professional services firm also supports clients with management consultancy and financial advisory. In its latest financial year, the consulting firm achieved a turnover of $1.8 billion.

Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration leader

16 April 2019 Consultancy.asia

Deloitte has brought in Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration Leader. Hayler crosses from FTI Consulting – continuing the recent personnel shuffle in the regional forensics space.

Following the onboarding of veteran forensics expert Jarrod Baker as its new Forensic Investigations Leader for Southeast Asia earlier this year, global professional services leader Deloitte has added another ex-FTI Consulting executive to its regional forensics practice with the appointment of Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration leader. It’s Hayler’s second stint at the Big Four firm.

Originally starting out as an auditor in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals & energy practice of fellow Big Four firm KPMG in the UK (via a five-year Technical Director role with specialist life sciences consultancy Primarius), Hayler after three years crossed to Deloitte in 2008, serving as an Associate Director for its Forensic & Dispute Services division in London, and then from 2012 in Singapore. 

From there, Hayler joined the Singapore office of FTI Consulting’s Economic & Financial practice, promoted to senior managing director at the beginning of last year. Now, like his colleague Baker, Hayler has returned for his second stint with Deloitte, after respectively four and nearly six years with FTI. Meanwhile, FTI recently added e-discovery expert Christopher Marks as a senior managing director – continuing its global raid on Ernst & Young.

“I am delighted to be returning to Deloitte rejoining old friends and being on board with a great team,” Hayler said. This is an exciting time to be back at Deloitte as the firm has made great strides integrating to serve its clients across Asia Pacific better and I look forward to being part of that success.” As of September last year, Deloitte began integrating its Asia Pacific arms into single operational unit – with a co-attendant $321 million investment committed to human capital.Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration Leader in Southeast AsiaHayler across his career has developed expertise in a broad range of  competencies around forensics, disputes and litigation, including complex valuations, M&A and contractual disputes, accounting irregularities; alleged misappropriation, asset tracing and fraud investigations among others – having led or advised teams multiple jurisdictions in “some of the largest and most complex cases in the last decade.”

“Having Richard in our leadership team is a strong market differentiator,” said Tim Phillipps, Deloitte’s Financial Crime Strategy and Response Network leader for APAC. “His track record and extensive experience will be critical as we continue to expand and strengthen our presence in the Southeast Asia region.  It will enhance our capacity to serve our clients, and ensure that we continue to provide clear, timely and insightful counsel.”

In addition to Deloitte, Hayler serves on the Standards Review Board of the International Valuation Standards Council, as well as being a member of the adjunct faculty at Singapore Management University’s School of Law and the Honorary Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Singapore. He was also last year a group representative for financial & fintech business group with the local British Chamber of Commerce.

According to the firm, Hayler’s recruitment forms part of its plans to expand its forensics services in the region – a practice which has already grown substantially in recent years to include more than 125 dedicated forensic practitioners based in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, with growth driven by investment in disputes and arbitration, electronic discovery, investigations, forensic digital platforms and financial crime advisory and analytics among other areas.