FTI Consulting names Brian Kennedy as Americas strategic comms head

Kennedy is succeeding Mark McCall, who recently stepped in for Ed Reilly in the top strategic comms role.

WASHINGTON: FTI Consulting has named Brian Kennedy as head of the Americas for its strategic communications segment, effective at the start of next year.

Kennedy will succeed Mark McCall, who will take on the role of global segment leader for strategic communications at that time.

Kennedy said he has worked closely with McCall since 2009 when McCall created the energy practice and hired him as the Americas head. After Kennedy’s appointment, FTI took on the high-profile assignment of representing offshore drilling company Transocean after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Kennedy said he will get to know other parts of the strategic communications business before his start date in the new job. He highlighted markets in Texas, New York, Latin America, and Washington, DC, as potential growth areas.

"The position we’ve established in highly regulated industries is where we start and finish that discussion as the boundary between Wall Street and Pennsylvania Avenue continues to blur," Kennedy said. "There is going to be more of a need for our services."

Kennedy joined FTI in 2008 and was promoted to head of energy and natural resources for the Americas a year later. He was named global head of energy and natural resources, a part of the strategic communications segment, in 2012.

Before joining FTI, Kennedy was press secretary to then-Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), deputy chief of staff and director of communications for the House Committee on Natural Resources, and chief spokesman for the Speaker’s Task Force for Affordable Natural Gas.

Senior MD Chris Tucker will replace Kennedy as global head of energy and natural resources at the firm.

FTI’s strategic communications division reported a 5.1% year-over-year increase in third-quarter revenue to $48.2 million. Overall, FTI reported a revenue increase of 2.5% in the quarter to $449 million. Operating income was up 34% year-over-year to $47.1 million, and net income increased 48% to $32.2 million.

This story was updated on November 7 with quotes from Kennedy.

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